Following The Dharma Bums To Matterhorn Peak (Pt. 2)

Matterhorn Peak, CA

After a good night’s sleep I woke up to a glorious, sunny day filled with fresh air and made my way to Twin Lakes from where you have to start the hike up towards Matterhorn Peak. Driving up the (now paved) road towards Twin Lakes (which is a few miles outside of Bridgeport) felt very … Continue reading

Following The Dharma Bums To Matterhorn Peak (Pt.1)

As described in this post The Dharma Bums has always been a special book for me and it ranks right up there with On The Road and The Town And The City as one of my favorite books of his. The description of the trip to Bridgeport in the eastern Sierra Nevada and the ‘big … Continue reading

The Dharma Bums, Chapter 34

… , I realized, ‘there is no answer.’ I didn’t know anything any more, I didn’t care, and it didn’t matter, and suddenly I felt really free. The Dharma Bums, Chapter 34

Jack Kerouac : The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums has always been one of my favorite Kerouac books. What I loved from the first time I read it is the relaxed, peaceful and serene atmosphere described in most chapters, such as in the ones in which Ray (Kerouac) and Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder) are sitting in a cabin, talking and having … Continue reading

Kerouac Climbing The Matterhorn in The Dharma Bums

Just had to think about the climbing trip Kerouac describes in ‘The Dharma Bums’ when going from Sacramento towards Truckee on the California Zephyr and watching the magnificent landscape of the Sierra Nevada roll by. The mountain they climbed in the book was called ‘Matterhorn’, but as far as I’m aware that mountain doesn’t actually … Continue reading