Mont Blanc. with a Memoir of the Author by E. Yates

Mont Blanc. with a Memoir of the Author by E. Yates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...at nine o'clock; and the guides again made a long delay. They were not over-anxious to bivouac on an unknown waste of snow, as was their employer; and, therefore, they tried to put off their departure until it would be too late to venture, for want of daylight. But De Saussure was firm; he made them start again, and about half-past one they halted, to dine at another rock--the last of the chain. Their appetites were famous; and as they were now 2,000 or 3,000 feet above the line of eternal frost, the guides hit upon an ingenious device to procure water. They made up a great quantity of snowballs, and began to pelt the side of the rock opposed to the sun, and therefore warm. Part of the snow stuck to the rock, and speedily melted; and they soon had a reservoir which furnished them with as much water as they needed. Here, again, the guides loitered. The warm and secure rock, in the middle of the ice, was a perfect Island of Calypso for them; and De Saussure was now obliged to join persuasion to command, before they would set off. Between the Grands Mulets and the summit, Mont Blanc forms three tremendous steps, from 800 to 1,000 feet in depth. These are termed Les Montets; and the hightest flat surface of the three platforms is known as the Grand Plateau. On the second of these, De Saussure prepared to pass the night, at an elevation of 13,300 feet above the level of the sea. The party arrived here about four in the afternoon, and directly began to excavate a pit in the snow for their lodging. Into this they threw some straw, and the tent was stretched over it. The work was long and painful, for the guides were beginning to experience the effect of the rarefaction of the air at this height. Robust as they were, and caring nothing for their seven or...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236588193
  • 9781236588197