I really enjoyed this piece by Muir for two reasons: first of all it was short, sweet, and to the point; second, it was beautifully articulated. It put me in mind of early travel journals by explorers, with an extra sort of wisdom attached. I especially liked how Muir seemed particularly in touch with Nature, more so than any other adventurer we've read so far (with the possible exception of Norgay, though his connection is more to the spiritual side of Nature while Muir's is more to the physical). In the pivotal scene of the story, where Stickeen follows Muir out into the storm, Muir makes numerous reference to Nature's ability to be at once "beautiful an awful", and to "make us do anything she likes". He eventually accepts Stickeen accompanying him because he recognizes that Stickeen too is under Nature's control, and that Nature must intend to teach them both a lesson.
Not only does Muir understand Nature's power and ability to control, but he also respects it. One of the footnotes to this story references another work by Muir (which Anna also references in a preceding post) in which he climbs to the top of a tree in the middle of a violent storm in order to "[study] the habits of the trees under such conditions"(footnotes). Muir also cautions within "Stickeen" that if travelers are "careful to keep in right relations with [storms], we may go safely abroad with them, rejoicing in the grandeur and beauty of their works and ways" (Muir). Thus, it is not Muir's intent to conquer Nature by surviving her storms, but to be educated by them. I feel like some of the other adventurers we've read could learn a lot from Muir, particularly those who are entirely focused on summiting (and equate this with conquering) the mountains without appreciating their treacherous beauty.