Malachite’s Big Hole
The Greenhorn Mountaineer:
Men on their first trip to the mountains found themselves on a very steep learning curve. There were no training manuals, classes or guides to prepare a man. It was very much a sink or swim situation in which a man's success, and very survival depended on how quickly he could learn the necessary skills and how lucky he was. I've read that as many as fifty percent of all new hands were killed, deserted, quit, or otherwise disappeared by the end of their first year in the mountains. If a greenhorn was lucky, he would find himself assigned to a mess with a group of experienced old timers who he could watch and learn from.
The following are stories about "first" experiences of Greenhorns: