later climbed Thu, Aug 4, 2005|
Mt. Hoffmann (10,850 ft.)
Named by Whitney Survey in 1863
"June 24,  we climbed a peak over eleven thousand feet high, about five
miles from camp, which we named Mount Hoffmann, after our topographer. It
commanded a sublime view. Perhaps over fifty peaks are in sight which are over
twelve thousand feet, the highest rising over thirteen thousand feet. Many of
these are mere pinnacles of granite, streaked with snow, abounding in enormous
precipices. The scene has none of the picturesque beauty of the Swiss Alps, but
it is sublimely grand -- its desolation is its great feature. Several little
lakes are in sight. The scene is one to be remembered for a lifetime.
We returned to camp [at Soda Springs], took a hearty dinner, then fought mosquitoes with industry and built smokes beside our blankets before we could sleep."
- William Brewer, Up and Down California
Hoffmann was with Brewer through all the later's
adventures in California, 1861-64, and was his most trusted companion.
Hoffmann did not have the strength or stamina exhibited by Brewer, and was
sometimes left weak and ailing after one of their climbing adventures. On their
last trip together back from the Sierra, Hoffmann was very sick and grew
steadily weaker. At Mariposa, "there we got a carriage, put a bed in it, and
King and Dick got him to
Stockton, a hundred miles distant, and thence by steamer to San Francisco. He is
still very sick and may never recover."
Apparently he did, and enjoyed many more outings in the Sierra working with the Survey, even after Brewer had taken a professorship at Yale and returned to the east coast.
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Mt. Hoffmann
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