Round Kangchenjunga; A Narrative of Mountain Travel and Exploration

Round Kangchenjunga; A Narrative of Mountain Travel and Exploration

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...letting drop glaciers to fringe with ice-falls the lower precipices. Close under Jannu on its left two nameless peaks (21,820 and 21,880 feet) raise their sharp pinnacles above the Kangbachen Valley. To the right of Jannu a glimpse is caught of the western gable of the long roof of Kangchenjunga, and of the snowy summits (about 20,000 feet) of the ridge separating the Yalung and Yamatari Valleys, on an outer spur of which the spectator is standing. ' The most magnificent spectacle I ever beheld, ' Sir Joseph Hooker calls this view of Jannu; but he adds in a footnote that Jannu is a ' very much grander but much less picturesque object than Mont Cervin.' In the fifties we all called the Matterhorn, Mont Cervin. This I venture to think is not quite fair to the Himalayan peak. Sir Joseph 1 The Exploration of the Caucasus, vol. ii. pp. 171-3. must have had in his mind the Eiffel or ' rearing-horse' view of the Matterhorn. It might not be difficult to get a similar end-on view of Jannu from the opposite slopes between Khunza and Kangbachen. The Chunjerma aspect of the mountain ought rather to be compared to that of the Matterhorn from above Breil, whence the Shoulder is well seen, and the summit appears as a crowning tower on a broad wall. But I am quite willing to admit that there are more ' picturesque, ' in the sense of more fantastic, peaks than Jannu both in the Alps and the Caucasus. Where the Himalayan giant surpasses its rivals (except perhaps Ushba), the great rock-peaks of nearer ranges, is in its majestic bulk and uniform precipitousness. Its 25,000 feet tell. It rises 13,000 vertical feet above the valley at its base, the height, that is, of the Schreckhorn above the sea; even if the actual height of its cliffs above the glaciers be not more.show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662679
  • 9781236662675