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He knew that a person who didn’t mind a little hardship had no need of a full-time job. Life was cheap in the Valley; one didn’t have to pay camp fees, didn’t need any shelter besides a flimsy tent, and didn’t even think of suits and ties. One had no real need for a car, or insurance policies, or haircuts. If one cooked in camp, in lieu of grabbing a burger at nearby Yosemite Lodge, a dollar a day would suffice. Those who worked in the winter and saved even a few hundred dollars might have six months a year in which to play. The best incentive for a long-term visit, sensed early by Powell, was that by climbing four or five times a week one could get into magnificent shape, something that weekenders couldn’t.