There is a section of the Sierra Nevada in California called The Evolution Range, which includes appropriately named peaks like Mount Mendel, Mount Wallace, Mount Haeckel, and Mount Spencer, and inappropriately named ones like Mount Lamarck. (A new peak, not yet formally named, will be called Mount Gould. I suggest Mount Improbable for the next name.)
The highest peak in the range is, of course, Mount Darwin, at 13,831 feet. It was first scaled in 1908 and, unlike higher peaks like Mt. Whitney, is a technical climb. My friend Andrew Berry, who teaches at Harvard, just undertook a mini-expedition to Mount Darwin with a former member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club, Dunbar Carpenter. I asked them, by way of bicentennial homage to the old man, to place a copy of my book at the summit. Sure enough, they did. Here’s the photographic proof.
Fig. 1. Mount Darwin, with its flat summit.
Fig. 2. Nearly at the summit.
Fig. 3. “I’m the king of the world.” Andrew Berry on the summit with the goods.
Fig. 4. Dunbar Carpenter, too absorbed in reading to climb.
Fig. 5. Now it belongs to the ages. Inscription in the copy left at summit.
o.k., Richard, you may sell a million copies, but let’s see you get The Greatest Show on Earth up there!
Big H/T to Andrew and Dunbar!
okay, okay, Mount Lamarck is fine. But I draw the line at Mount Lysenko!