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Sierra Club presents Sonora mountaineer/author Dan Arnold

Sonora author and climber Dan Arnold will give a program before the Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club on Thursday.
Sonora author and climber Dan Arnold will give a program before the Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club on Thursday. Simon and Schuster

Mountaineer and author Dan Arnold will share slides and tales from his adventures in California’s mountains and deserts at a program Thursday, presented by the Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club.

Arnold, of Sonora, has used 19th-century-style equipment to follow the earliest Sierra Nevada mountaineers – a generation of pre-rope soloists who climbed all of California’s highest peaks. He’ll also describe his epic Death Valley-to-Mount Whitney linkup, accomplished off-trail and unsupported. Slot canyons? Big-mountain solo climbs in wool pants? Pine-tree spooning, hypothermic, John Muir-inspired bivouac sacks? Yes, yes and yes.

Arnold has spent half his life exploring California’s mountains and deserts. His nonfiction books “Early Days in the Range of Light” and “Salt to Summit” blend adventure narrative with history, biography and nature writing, bringing to life the journeys he undertakes and the stunning terrain through which he travels.

Climbing Magazine has described his writing as “elegant,” and The Wall Street Journal has called him “a wonderful writer.”

Arnold holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from San Jose State University. He lives in Sonora with his wife and son.

The program is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tuolumne Utilities District boardroom, 18885 Nugget Blvd. in Sonora. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

For more on Arnold, go to www.danielarnoldauthor.blogspot.com.

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