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Snowshoe Thompson

Postby LongLost » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:08 pm

Nice article on the man here:

Nine and a half foot skis and a 60-80 pound pack for days on end! Yeah, I could do that... :)
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Re: Snowshoe Thompson

Postby fedak » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:40 pm

Is that who Thompson Peak near Luther Pass named for?
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Re: Snowshoe Thompson

Postby Jesus Malverde » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:30 pm

Thompson Peak [Alpine County]. Named for John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson (1827-76, originally Tostensen). From 1853 to 1876 he carried mail across the High Sierra from Placerville to Carson Valley; in the winter he used skis, then often called Norwegian snowshoes.

-California Place Names, by E. Gustave, et al (page 392 - latest edition)

Stay warm :)
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Re: Snowshoe Thompson

Postby sierraman » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:05 am

Snowshoe Thompson must have owned alot of ski's, because there are about 20 hotels, restaurants or bars around Tahoe that claim to have a pair on display.
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