Three Years of Arctic Service; An Account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-84, and the Attainment of the Farthest North Volume . 1

Three Years of Arctic Service; An Account of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-84, and the Attainment of the Farthest North Volume . 1

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...but I decided to descend on the north side by a direct route toward Mount Lynn. Near the base of the mountain I found a remarkable line of almost vertical snowbanks and'drifts, the front of which ranged from a hundred to a hundred and fifty feet in height. Being worn out with fatigue and cold, and to save a long detour, I concluded to chance a bad fall by descending the drifts, and so slid down at a place a hundred feet high, fortunately landing in deep, soft snow. The first bare ground reached was about nine hundred feet below the summit, the barometer reading 26.05, which made the snow-line about thirty-eight hundred feet above the level of the sea. No earth capable of vegetation was seen on any part of the mountain or at its base, although on the southern side of Mount Lynn lichens and purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolid) were seen. I rejoined Sergeant Lynn at 2.20 P.m., and my left foot, without sensation for a couple of hours, was vigorously treated by Lynn until the circulation and sensation returned. Our flag was displayed from the summit of Mount Arthur, but as the rum and lime-juice were carried by Lynn, we were obliged to drink the health of the President, Our Country, and the Day at the base of the mountain instead of on the summit, as we had planned. A small cairn was erected on the side of Mount Lynn, about forty yards above the junction of the creeks, and carefully inserted in one of my shoulder-straps was left a brief record of our visit to the mountain. We reached the camp quitted that morning, after twelve hours' absence, exceedingly fatigued by twenty miles' travel and very uncomfortable with wet clothing and cold feet. I succeeded in obtaining a set of equal altitudes that evening and the following morning, which, with...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236608143
  • 9781236608147