Putnam's Monthly and the Critic Volume 7

Putnam's Monthly and the Critic Volume 7

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... right direction, we struck out for it. Arriving at noon at some rocks we lunched while waiting for the coolies, now seen in the distance struggling along in our tracks. Unfortunately a dense fog came on, but as bearings had been carefully taken on the pass, not waiting for the coolies, we kept on up the snow slopes and in an hour and a half, just as the mist disappeared, found ou_rselves close under the col that was our aim. It was time to think of camping, and the caravan not being in sight we climbed to the col, deciding to bivouac there, although it was merely a narrow tortuous ridge connecting the two sharp peaks before mentioned, and might be a most disagreeable trough, if a wind rose. It is surprising out of what broken soil a tent-terrace can be constructed, especially when five. or six strong men with ice-axes set to work on it. There was not a level place on the ridge when we arrived, stones, rocks, even boulders covered the whole surface, and when they ended snow began, but the porters were determined we should have dry fiat places for tents so they worked with a will digging out, splitting and pounding down the rocks. on me ro1 or 0 41 (1-(7,570 FEET) By 5 o'clock, when the coolies dragged themselves up to us, two very fair stone-plateaux were ready for tents. First the Kashmiri cook, who had swindled us for five seasons, ap peared on the scene, looking cross and tired. "Have a place arranged for your tent," I called to him, "for I expect to stay here two days." "Two days here!" he exclaimed, moving off in a rage. But he knew that I meant it, and soon returned to help place the tent. As it happened, we remained four nights and three days on this the Barnial col, 17,260 feet high, where the...
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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692830X
  • 9781236928306