And this had been the end of all the other brave men who like himself had attempted the ascent
was so steep and rugged that he and his companion were frequently obliged to clamber on hands and knees, with their guns slung upon their backs.
We had left the beach early in the morning, and after an uninterrupted, though at times difficult and dangerous ascent
, during which we had never once turned our faces to the sea, we found ourselves, about three hours before sunset, standing on the top of what seemed to be the highest land on the island, an immense overhanging cliff composed of basaltic rocks, hung round with parasitical plants.
If, on the other hand, any circumstances should cause undue levity, and consequent ascent
, this levity is immediately counteracted by the additional weight of rope upraised from the earth.
The crags above us were not merely perpendicular, but curved outwards at the top, so that ascent
was out of the question.
It prompted the matron to say that she would walk a little way--as far as to the point where the acclivity from the valley began its first steep ascent
to the outer world.
There was no accumulation of fallen debris, forming a more or less rough ascent
to them, as is the case with nearly all other cliffs I have ever seen.
But there was no other way and with a shrug, which I must admit was half shudder, I stepped to the window's outer sill and began my perilous ascent
My means of ascent
and descent consist simply in dilating or contracting the gas that is in the balloon by the application of different temperatures, and here is the method of obtaining that result.
He was fond of comparing himself to Mahomet's coffin, attracted in two different directions by two loadstones, and hesitating eternally between the heights and the depths, between the vault and the pavement, between fall and ascent
, between zenith and nadir.
Above the clustering gasometers three unfamiliar shapes appeared, thin, wallowing bladders that flapped and rolled about, and grew bigger and bigger and rounder and rounder--balloons in course of inflation for the South of England Aero Club's Saturday-afternoon ascent
In the center, where Tushin's battery stood and from which Prince Andrew was surveying the position, was the easiest and most direct descent and ascent
to the brook separating us from Schon Grabern.