Full text: From the Alps to the Andes

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EXPEDITION TO THE HIMALAYAS 
arranged we should do a smaller peak, from 
whence we could better see the possibilities of 
the other higher one we had in view, which was 
about 21,000 feet high. It was the intention 
of my patrons to ascend to an altitude which 
exceeded that of Chimborazo—the mountain 
climbed by Mr. Edward Whymper in South 
America—which reaches an elevation of 
21,420 feet. The peak before us was only 
16,050 feet high, but from here we were able 
to reconnoitre the other one, for the ascent of 
which we had to wait some days, so that the 
newly-fallen snow might melt. 
At last, however, we started with six coolies, 
crossed the glacier and reached the opposite side 
where a singular accident happened, though 
for that matter, it might have been foreseen. 
We had to make our way over a huge field of 
ice and were undeterred by the number of 
crevasses we found therein. I had already 
warned my climbers, whenever they saw an 
avalanche coming, to throw themselves face 
downwards on the ground. We had not been 
walking many minutes before we heard a noise. 
Ahead of the others, I was aware of an ava- 
lanche falling in our direction and immediately 
salled out: “Down on the ground! down on 
the ground!” Instead of obeying, however, 
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