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. 1905 Excerpt: ...process of descent to this gorge was about the reverse of our upward trip. The rope was in constant use, and we both heaved a sigh of relief ...Read MoreThis 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. 1905 Excerpt: ...process of descent to this gorge was about the reverse of our upward trip. The rope was in constant use, and we both heaved a sigh of relief when we were safely down. From there on the descent was practically over the same course by which we had ascended. It was much easier, for in many places where in ascending we had climbed on hands and knees now we could make a toboggan-slide of fifteen or twenty feet over a smooth surface or down a gravel chute. It was somewhat hard on portions of our clothing, but we "got there," and that, for the time being, was the main object. The rope was again used several times. The rocks in the steep chute lay so loosely that great care had to be used lest we should start an avalanche. Whitney and Noble went on ahead down one of these chimneys, and were several hundred feet below us. My brother and I moved with the utmost care to avoid setting any stones in motion, but suddenly a number started; these started others, and in a moment a deluge of them was tearing down the chute directly toward those below us. We shouted like mad for Noble and Whitney to get out of the way. They looked back and saw the torrent coming. This chute was bounded on its eastern side by a precipitous wall, in which, near where they were standing, was a deep vertical niche. They rushed for this, and had no sooner concealed themselves than the avalanche went shooting past them. This was a warning, and thenceforth in similar places we all remained close together. In an hour we had reached the top of the talus. Here, by making a slight detour, we reached a snow-field which gave us a toboggan-slide of several hundred feet down to the granite basin. It seemed like an easy matter to cut across this basin directly to our camp, but the similarity of the...Read Less
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