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Letter: Stirling, not Sterling

Stirling, not Sterling

I was camping and hiking in the desert, when the piece appeared in the paper.

I wanted to express my thanks to the newspaper and the writer — though I doubt if I can spell his last name — for including me in this series. I thought the profile was well-written. I have learned so much about each of the other people profiled, and I think it is a great series.

My last name, by the way, is spelled Stirling. It is Scottish, and it actually has a more graphic aesthetic than the other spelling. Legend has it that there were two English families, the Easterlings and the Westerlings. As happens, there were disagreements, and the Westerlings decided to bag it and immigrate north to Scotland. They dropped the “we,” and changed the first “e” to an “i,” so as not to be confused with that southerly branch. I guess we might be tabbed the newer branch.

There is one other more egregious error, though I was flattered by the claim. I have not climbed all 55 fourteeners, but have climbed approximately 25 percent of them. I probably have climbed more thirteeners than fourteeners. There is an elite crew of climbers, like Chris Davenport, Christy Mahon, Ted Mahon, Nick Devore, the Marolt twins, the Maple family, et al, who probably have scaled all of them in a year or in slightly more time. I believe that was the only other miscue in this quite flattering profile.

Bill Stirling


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