Snowshoe Thompson Author:Adrien Stoutenburg, Laura Nelson Baker "The mail! Snowshoe's bringing the mail!" That shout went up as "Snowshoe" Thompson came down the snowy slopes of the Sierra Nevada, giving his "High Sierra whoop." — This is an extraordinary American story, full of adventure, of courage and of persistence. John Thompson, Norwegian by birth, made his own skis (called "snowshoes" by the people)... more » and on them carried mail over the seemingly impassable mountains.
Not only was Thompson the mailman of the Sierra, he wa also "the father of American skiing." Every year in the Lake Tahoe area, skiers hold the Snowshoe Thompson Memorial Cross-Country meet.
Both authors live in California -- both have a wonderful feeling for the Sierra.« less