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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby BrianF » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:24 pm

Thanks for letting us know about this gem, after reading the beginning of this thread I have already purchased and read the book. Quite a story of an amazing adventure and quite a mountain man. Amazon has copies used form several vendors
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby Cross Country » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:06 am

PS - Does this cabin still exist? Has anyone here seen it?
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby Hobbes » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:46 am

BrianF wrote:I have already purchased and read the book.


What was your reaction when the book opened with his hike up Cottonwood creek on Xmas day 1928 & his desire to get above 10k with a major winter storm moving in? * It's so counter-intuitive, yet makes complete sense. If it was me, I would of course high-tail it out of there. But, if you're going to stay, then you need to get above the point where snow collects.

* Bart's experience from many years of trekking, trapping and exploring in the dead of winter led to him to conclude that 8-10k were the danger zones. Below 8k, you'd have relative warmth and a way out. Above 10k, while it was colder & windier, the snow tended to blow off and not accumulate. The gullies, ravines and valleys between 8-10k was where the major snow accumulations occurred. Not only could you possibly not move, but then there were ice falls and avalanches to contend with as the weather warmed back up above freezing. His 'hike' (he's actually skiing) down Mather and into the Palisades lake area is completely nuts.
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby dematson » Sun Dec 20, 2015 12:52 pm

There was discussion about naming a spire in the Ritter Range after Orland Bartholomew about 11 years ago but I don't think anything ever came of it. If they can name a mountain peak after Amelia Earhart who was an aviator, why not Bartholomew? I have not received a reply to this email to the USGS yet.

Dear Folks,
Has a Sierra Nevada Peak/Spire been named after Orland Bartholomew? I was not able to find one in the search option. He is certainly deserving of having a peak named after him. His story was told by Gene Rose in “High Odyssey”. I understand one of the Minarets in the Ritter Range was suggested back in about 2004. Here is an article about him in the LA Times.
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/apr/24 ... /ed-bart24
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby dematson » Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:45 pm

dematson wrote:There was discussion about naming a spire in the Ritter Range after Orland Bartholomew about 11 years ago but I don't think anything ever came of it. If they can name a mountain peak after Amelia Earhart who was an aviator, why not Bartholomew? I have not received a reply to this email to the USGS yet.

Dear Folks,
Has a Sierra Nevada Peak/Spire been named after Orland Bartholomew? I was not able to find one in the search option. He is certainly deserving of having a peak named after him. His story was told by Gene Rose in “High Odyssey”. I understand one of the Minarets in the Ritter Range was suggested back in about 2004. Here is an article about him in the LA Times.
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/apr/24 ... /ed-bart24
Regards,
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I nominated his name for a peak in the Sierra National Forest that it not in a designated wilderness area. We'll see if it is apporved.
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby rlown » Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:02 pm

Is there a petition format or other form to help your cause?
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby Silky Smooth » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:18 pm

Mr. Bartholomew's epic feat does seem to be lost to some, but for those of us who know about it, we are highly impressed by his legendary trip. His planning and resupply reminds me of something Doug Robinson said over a fire @ Tuttle after our winter High Sierra trail adventure last year. He mentioned that there were many hidden caches still out there in the Sierra and the effort some went to place them. The more I venture out in the winter each year, the more I appreciate the magnitude of his trip. Truly inspiring. It would be nice to have a peak named for this man.
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby dematson » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:11 am

I just received a letter from the Board of Geographic Names approving my nomination of Orland Bartholomew for a named peak (Bartholomew Peak). I designated a peak south of Huntington Lake (8,916'). I contacted his son Phil in Oakhurst and told him the good news. This has been a two year process but worth the wait!
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby dematson » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:22 am

Here is the link to my blog article about him that I updated to include the approval letter.
http://midsierramusing.blogspot.com/201 ... -1957.html
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby The Other Tom » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:57 am

dematson wrote:Here is the link to my blog article about him that I updated to include the approval letter.
http://midsierramusing.blogspot.com/201 ... -1957.html

Good Job !!
Thanks for doing this.
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby Hobbes » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:48 am

That's totally cool - great job.

You might consider doing a write up on the peak in the HST database. There's a forum category for passes; perhaps Eric would place it there:

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=7680
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Re: Orland Bartholomew's 1929 High Odyssey

Postby sekihiker » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:32 am

dematson wrote:Here is the link to my blog article about him that I updated to include the approval letter.
http://midsierramusing.blogspot.com/201 ... -1957.html

Thanks for your effort.
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