In 1965, Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen, and Allen Ginsberg "opened the mountain" by circumambulating Tamalpais, keeping the summit on the right. Snyder wanted to "consecrete Tamalpais" for future generations to walk. Whalen stated it was "something to do."
They established ten different spots that had special significance. Some were chosen because they had a sense of power in their location or shape, others because they were easy places to stop. Snyder writes, "I have advised people to use the idea of 'stations' in their own way -- feel what they feel or stop at other points where they feel drawn. . . After all, Allen, Phillip, and I just made it up, with some Yamabushi background."
Two years later, the three poets led the first public walk, beginning at Redwood Creek and continuing to the top of the mountain before returning to the start. The practice has continued since then.
To Open the Mountain, you must find each of these caches.
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