what's in a name? | High Sierra Topix  

what's in a name?

Grab your bear can or camp chair, kick your feet up and chew the fat about anything Sierra Nevada related that doesn't quite fit in any of the other forums. Within reason, (and the HST rules and guidelines) this is also an anything goes forum. Tell stories, discuss wilderness issues, music, or whatever else the High Sierra stirs up in your mind.
User avatar

what's in a name?

Postby drembo » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:22 pm

This may seem a silly topic, but it has caused some heated discussion among my friends. The mountain range this board refers to is the Sierra Nevada mountain range. One can also call the upper reaches of the Sierra Nevada the "High Sierra" . But is is proper to refer them as the "Sierras", as the Rocky Mountains are called the "Rockies", or is it called the "Sierra"?
I propose that it is appropriate to call it/them the Sierras, meaning the mountains that make up the Sierra Nevada.
What say you?
:dontknow



User avatar
drembo
Topix Novice
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:59 am
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: what's in a name?

Postby ERIC » Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:48 pm

I believe the argument is in how "Sierra Nevada" translates from Spanish to English; I believe it's "Snowy Range". Since we're talking about one range, and a range implies multiple mountains, then Sierra should not be pluralized.

Just a guess.
New members, please consider giving us an intro!
Follow us on Twitter @HighSierraTopix. Use hashtags #SIERRAPHILE #GotSierra? #GotMountains?
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HighSierraTopix
User avatar
ERIC
Your Humble Host & Forums Administrator
Your Humble Host & Forums Administrator
 
Posts: 2909
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:13 am
Location: between the 916 and 661
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

User avatar

Re: what's in a name?

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:37 pm

ERIC wrote:I believe the argument is in how "Sierra Nevada" translates from Spanish to English; I believe it's "Snowy Range". Since we're talking about one range, and a range implies multiple mountains, then Sierra should not be pluralized.

Just a guess.


+1 :D
User avatar
Hikin Mike
Founding Member
 
Posts: 552
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:56 pm
Location: Atwater, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: what's in a name?

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:38 am

ERIC wrote:I believe the argument is in how "Sierra Nevada" translates from Spanish to English; I believe it's "Snowy Range". Since we're talking about one range, and a range implies multiple mountains, then Sierra should not be pluralized.

Just a guess.



that's what I heard too.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


http://snownymph.smugmug.com/
User avatar
Snow Nymph
Founding Member
 
Posts: 2041
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:43 pm
Location: Santa Barbara & Mammoth Lakes, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: what's in a name?

Postby dave54 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:09 am

According to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names all are acceptable in common usage. Here is their list of variants:

Blaue Berge
California Range
Cordilleras of California
High Sierra
Kay-o-pha
Santa Lucia Range
Sierra Neauados
Sierra Neuado
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Sierra Nevadas
Sierra San Marcos
Sierras Nevadas
Skye Mountains
Snowy Mountains



To the purist, though, you would also need to specify which Sierra Nevada range you are referring to, since one is also found in Spain and Mexico.
=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~
Log off and get outdoors!
~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=
User avatar
dave54
Founding Member
 
Posts: 775
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:24 pm
Location: where the Sierras, Cascades, and Great Basin meet.
Experience: N/A


Return to The Campfire



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest