Bulletin Volume 33, PT. 2

Bulletin Volume 33, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...by themselves and reached an altitude of about 19,300 feet. On the 31st a third camp was established at a height of 17,285 feet, and by January 2 three weeks' provisions had been transported to it. The attempt to gain the summit on the 3d was frustrated by a severe storm. The dangers, hardships, almost insuperable difficulties of this stage of the journey are graphically told by Mr. Whymper, and only the grim determination and dauntless courage of the hardened mountaineer could have conquered them. The final dash for the summit was made on the 4th. They reached the plateau of the top, 20,000 feet above sea level, and saw the two summits before them. Here they_ struck a tract of exceedingly soft snow, which could only be traversed by flogging down every yard and then crawling over it on all fours. Progress was very slow and the danger increased. Frequently one or the other would be submerged and would be hauled out by the others with the rope. Mr. Whymper's description of the final situation shows the dramatic feature: When we had been at this sort of work for three hours, without having accomplished half the remaining distance, I halted themen, pointed out thegravity ofoursituation, and asked them which they preferred, to turn or to go on. They talked together in patois, and then J ean-Antoine said: "When you tell us to turn we will go back; until then we will go on." I said, "Go on," although by no means feeling sure that it would not be best to say "Go back." In another hour and a half we got to the foot of the western summit and as the slopes steepened the snow became firmer again. We arrived on the top of it about a quarter to 4 in the afternoon, and then had the mortification of finding...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831926
  • 9781236831927