The Highest Andes: A Record of the First Ascent of Aconcagua and Tupungato in Argentina, and the Exploration of the Surrounding Valleys
Edward Arthur Fitz Gerald, Stuart Vines, Thomas George Bonney, George Charles Crick, Reginald Innes Pocock, George Albert Boulenger, Isaac Henry Burkill, Philip Gosse
Methuen & Company, 1899 - Aconcagua (Chile : Mountain). - 390 pages
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Page 123 - Where Andes, giant of the western star, With meteor standard to the winds unfurled, Looks from his throne of clouds o'er half the world.
Page iii - The highest Andes, a record of the first ascent of Aconcagua and Tupungato in Argentina, and the exploration of the surrounding valleys; with chapters by Stuart Vines and contributions by Professor Bonney, R.
Page 378 - ARTICLE I The boundary between Chile and the Argentine Republic is from north to south, as far as the 52nd parallel of latitude, the Cordillera de los Andes. The boundary-line shall run in that extent over the highest summits of the said Cordilleras which divide the waters, and shall pass between the sources (of streams) flowing down to either side. The difficulties that might arise owing...
Page viii - I entirely forgot the puna in my delight. Certainly the exertion of walking was extremely great, and the respiration became deep and laborious : I am told that in Potosi (about 13,000 feet above the sea) strangers do not become thoroughly accustomed to the atmosphere for an entire year. The inhabitants all recommend onions for the puna...
Page 105 - The easiest way of obtaining the impression is to follow in my steps ; for in watching a sunset from Mont Blanc one feels that one is passing one of those rare moments of life at which all the surrounding scenery is instantaneously and indelibly photographed on the mental retina by a process which no secondhand operation can even dimly transfer to others.
Page 55 - ... We were very eager to have our tent comfortably pitched, as the recollection of the last night spent in the open was far from pleasant, so we set to work at once to make an encampment on a flat bit of ground, fairly sheltered by a large boulder. Pitching the tent was something of an undertaking, as it had fourteen guy-ropes, all of which had to be fixed to large loose stones, the ground being too hard to admit of anything like a peg being driven into it. I had suffered acutely...
Page 62 - ... alarmed, and were even beginning to fear that the case might be hopeless, and might even necessitate amputation. At last we observed that his face was becoming pallid, and slowly and gradually he began to feel a little pain. We hailed this sign with joy, for it meant of course that vitality was returning to the injured parts, and we renewed our efforts ; the pain now came on more and more severely ; he writhed and shrieked and begged us to stop, as he was well-nigh maddened by suffering. Knowing,...
Page 82 - I crawled in this miserable plight, steering for a big patch of snow that lay in a sheltered spot, but I should imagine that it was about an hour and a half. On reaching the snow I lay down, and finally rolled down a great portion of the mountain side. As I got lower my strength revived, and the nausea that I had been suffering from so acutely disappeared, leaving me with a splitting headache. Soon after five o'clock I reached our tent. My headache was now so bad that it was with great difficulty...
Page 105 - ... admired, and he escaped frost-bites. I -wish that I could substitute his canvas, though, to say the truth, I fear it would exhibit a slight confusion of the points of the compass, for my words ; but, as that is impossible, I must endeavour briefly to indicate the most impressive features of the scenery. My readers must kindly set their imaginations to work in aid of feeble language ; for even the most eloquent language is but a poor substitute for a painter's brush, and a painter's brush lags...
Page 208 - ... storm they would be caught in a trap. We had a fine view of a mass of Mountains called Tupungato, the whole clothed with unbroken snow; from one peak my Arriero said he had once seen smoke proceeding; I thought I could distinguish the form of a large crater. In the maps Tupungato flourishes as a single mountain ; this Chileno method of giving one name to a tract of mountains is a fruitful source of error. In this region of snow there was a blue patch ; no doubt a glacier. A phenomenon which is...