Close Ups of the High Sierra is a journey into the beautiful and remote backcountry of the Sierra Nevada as told by Norman Clyde. With a degree in Classic Literature, Clyde taught high school in San Francisco before personal tragedy drove him to the eastern Sierra Nevada where he spent the rest of his life climbing. Published here for the first time is a selection of Clyde’s own writings about his experiences in the Sierra, which for most of the 20th century have been filed away in the forgotten solitude and darkness of private collections. Previously unpublished photographs taken by Clyde on his famed Sierra high trips attended by such notable Sierrans as Ansel Adams, Francis Farquhar, Cedric Wright, Glen Dawson and Jules Eichorn, remind us of a gentler time when dinner was cooked on a skillet over a wood fire – not in an aluminum bag on a propane stove.