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rock-splitting agents. After travelling along this gradually rising slope for a distance which must have been close upon twTo miles, we reached the tooth-like rock to be seen in illustration facing page 180. This point has been christened St. Johns Peak. A quotation from Mr. St John's work will be interesting :a" I was now anxious to reach one of those peaks which are visible from the sea ; so we descended Low's Gully through a thicket of rhododendrons, bearing a beautiful blood-coloured flower, and made our way to the westward. It was rough walking at first, while we continued to skirt the rocky ridge that rose to our right ; but gradually leaving this we advanced up an incline composed entirely of immense slabs of granite, and reaching the top, found a noble terrace half a mile in length, whose sides sloped at an angle of thirty degrees on either side. The ends were the Southern Peak and a huge cyclopean wall. I followed the guides to the former, and after a slippery ascent reached the summit. I have mentioned that this peak has a rounded aspect when viewed from the eastward, but from the northward it appears to rise sharply to a point ; and when with great circumspection I crawled up, I found myself on a granite point, not three feet in width, with but a water-worn way a few inches broad to rest on."
I will now continue my own observations. From this point, however, we could see that a huge pile of loose rocks to our right, on the opposite side of the granite slope, was decidedly higher; this we reached, and after climbing amongst the loose rocks sat on the top, where I opened my aneroid caseait read 13,525 feet. The mountain in front of us is wralled off by the " huge cyclopean wall," a perpendicular rock of perhaps 60 or 70 feet
St. John's Peak.
VIEW OF SUMMIT.
in height ; so the estimation of the height taken by Sir Edward Belcher's trigonometrical observations, 13,698 feet, may be considered as nearly correct as possible. Mr. Spencer St. John is the only other European who has reached the base of this wall, which bars all further progress, and he writes :a" I tried to reach the summit of this peak by a narrow edge of rock abutting from its southern front, but after following it till it narrowed to about eight inches, I thought it prudent to return ; but at a spot where I had secure footing I pitched a stone on the summit, which wTas about forty feet above the highest point I reached." The barometer carried by these gentlemen (Mr. Low also) proved useless unfortunately at this point, or I might verify my own measurements.
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