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Mt Whitney to Tanggula Pass, obliquely…..

May 9, 2012


More interesting high strangeness, in my world-view anyways. All these strange sights and connects flit by on link here, a picture there and suddenly you have the makings of a thread. Spin a Yarn.

Via Nikolai Tesla, Thomas Commerford Martin,  Robert Underwood Johnson, Drake Wilson, John Muir, Mt LeConte….. I came upon this piece of magnificence…

Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United Stateswith an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m).[1] It is on the boundary between California’s Inyo and Tulare counties, 84.6 miles (136.2 km) west-northwest of the lowest point in North America at Badwater inDeath Valley National Park (282 feet (86 m) below sea level).[6] The west slope of the mountain is in Sequoia National Park and the summit is the south end of the John Muir Trail which runs 211.9 miles (341.0 km) from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. The east slope is in the Inyo National Forest in Inyo County.

So the highest peak in the contiguous United States, more from Wiki again:

on August 18, 1873, Charles Begole, A. H. Johnson, and John Lucas of nearby Lone Pine, had become the first to reach the highest summit in the contiguous United States. As they were fishermen, they called the mountain Fisherman’s Peak. But in 1891, the United States Geological Survey’s Board on Geographic Names decided to recognize the earlier name of Mount Whitney.

So far so good. Then see what happens to said Mr. Whitney, after whom the peak was named:

“Josiah Whitney died atLake Sunapee, New Hampshire, on August 18, 1896“.

Well, hmmmm…. August 18th Peak is peaked, same date 23 years later…trippy, but not wild, eh?

Then this, atop Mt Whitney, the first recorded Death on the Mountain top:

Residents of Lone Pine financed the first trail to the summit, engineered by Gustave Marsh, and completed on July 22, 1904.

Just four days later, the new trail enabled the first recorded death on Whitney. Having hiked the trail, U.S. Bureau of Fisheries employee Bryd Surby was struck and killed by lightning while eating lunch on the exposed summit.

In response to this event, Marsh began work on the stone hut that would become the Smithsonian Institution Shelter, and completed it in 1909…

Interesting….. A man named Bryd Surby (i have never heard of either first of last name before), is struck by lightening eating lunch atop the peak, four days after first road opens. Was he eating Fish and Chips? What a way to go, eh? Struck by lightening on the nation’s highest point…. eating luch at that.

He probably was thinking, “I wish I’d packed some Fries with this……”…

But really…. interesting eh?

But then it get’s more interesting, and more symbolic and more weird…

Did you catch the Smithsonian Institution Shelter, completed in 1909?

Let’s take a look at it….look at what Caps, literallya nd figuratively, the Highest Point on the United States Of America…. chilling…

File:Smithsonian Hut Whitney.jpg


Really? The richest, most powerful country in the world, has this at it’s Literal PEAK?

A shut in, walled in, Iron Windowed….. Shelter?

I think it tells a tale here folks.

Just replace that with something like this:

Just for reference, this is what the chinese have built, at 2,500 feet higher….. of course it is on the 33rd parallel…which is quite a story, as you will see forth-coming…

The line includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m (16,640 feet) above sea level, is the world’s highest rail track. The Tanggula railway station at 5,068 m (16,627 feet) 33°00′18.50″N 91°38′57.70″E is the world’s highest railway station:

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Do you see where this is going?

That is America for you Ladies and gentlemen, at it’ speak….

And this is China?


Very important, very important, from a symbolic and literal and figurative stand Point.

Of course I understand that the topology and wind etc. is all very different…but still… it’s just too obvious.

In China, at Tanggula, no human being can set foot on the station….fascinating…

As of 2010, no passenger transport service was available since the region is uninhabited. A through train may stop at the station to wait for another train coming from the opposite direction to pass, but passengers are required to remain on the train.


So look at those two images a bit, pay attention….. One is a Totally Shut-in, Light-less, Square, Tin Covered, one bent smoke=stack Shelter, A Smithsonian Shelter at that…

And the other is Futuristic, modern and allows no Human (perhaps the air is too rare too, but it’s telling).


More as more un-folds…

In Truth,


16 Comments leave one →
  1. nswfm permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:58 pm

    FYI, Mt Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous US, but there are taller peaks in AK.

    • May 10, 2012 4:29 am

      Sure nsw, but it’s the Symbolic-ness of it (one) and contiguous is important. All the rest feel like American Colonies anyways.

  2. nadall permalink
    May 10, 2012 5:27 am

    Looks a bit like a mausoleum. Prophetic?

    • May 10, 2012 7:45 am

      It’s very significant. I feel it. And Mausoleum is an excellent descriptor. How did you remember to spell Mausoleum?

      • nadall permalink
        May 10, 2012 3:35 pm

        🙂 How did you know that I had to remember?

        • May 10, 2012 5:17 pm

          It’s like that beuraueucrazy word. I hate it (the beercrazy) so much, I can never remember how to spell it.
          So when I saw Mass O Lium, so effortlessly done, I just figured…. 🙂

  3. brocilybeef permalink
    May 13, 2012 1:12 am

    I think America is far more dynamic than China as evident to me in your pictures above.
    I feel the hut shows our roots and how tough and barebones we can be. What does it take to survive?
    Parts of civilization have become fat and lazy due to living a cold, calculated and centrally planned existence.
    American can be a safe house for human kind.
    We need to live our lives and be able to be free to do what we please.
    America, enabled through our Constitution, allows for the greatest possibility in people.

    We need to throw off our debtor, the evil, Federal Reserve.

    • May 13, 2012 5:19 am

      Interesting perspective broc…

      • brocilybeef permalink
        May 13, 2012 1:57 pm

        Our streams of consciousness flow past villages and cities winding its way towards vast digital oceans to be parsed and dismembered into the folds and seams of our minds.

        You are what you think. Make sure to check your filter regularly. 🙂

  4. Josh permalink
    May 30, 2012 6:38 am

    Pssst – Vivek – is the Chinese “shelter” made of stucco? By the railroad tracks? Have to hike to the top and build from stone with bare hands the house the wolf can’t blow down. (I know cause I’ve been there). I know they’ve been there too…

    • Josh permalink
      May 30, 2012 7:12 am

      PS – were you on the train?

    • May 31, 2012 6:34 pm

      Josh, my post is almost entirely about the Symbolism of the two. Matters not if it was Stucco. Do you see the Two arrows pointing up on the Tanngula Station picture? And in this day and age (appreciate tough climbing, have done some myself), it’s easy enough to get something more full of grace up there, ne? Piece by piece even?

      As for the Chinese, not that I approve (I think rail is awful, period), look at the fact of getting a railroad to that height in the first place. Over-reach? Perhaps, but in the 3D world, it sure as heck makes a statement.

      And if they could take the trouble of carving those 4 faces on Mt. Rushmore, how many years ago? Imagine that effort? See? Hmmmm? 🙂

      The carving started in 1927, and ended in 1941 with no fatalities…. says wiki…

      I’m thinking like that.

      • Josh permalink
        June 5, 2012 4:21 am

        Thanks for your comments. In one sense, I believe it does matter (if it’s stucco). On other levels, I an content that things are as they should be – in situ and in context. After all, the mountain is the monument, as is the achievement of the climber.

        – kind regards


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