The Dharma Bums - Chapter 32 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 32 Summary

Ray arrives at the Marblemount Ranger Station and checks in; he muses that he is no longer free but is instead an employee. He trains for a week, learning how to dig firebreaks and operate basic equipment. He meets numerous old friends and co-workers of Japhy. They all wish Japhy had returned, and they all praise Japhy's abilities and dedication to physical work. After training, Ray spends a few idle days at the ranger station.

Ray is finally sent off to his lookout location. Accompanied by a muleskinner and an assistant ranger, he hikes and rides a horse for several days, ascending to Desolation Peak, altitude 6,600 feet. Much of the hike is conducted through thick fog and through pristine wilderness. The party finally arrives at a tiny cabin atop Desolation Peak. The cabin is sturdy and is fastened to the mountain by concrete-footed iron rods. The ranger...

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