Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vostok - From Lofty Peaks


"Far away in the west a spot of lurid crimson still burned in the sky, against which the dark shadows of two lofty peaks could be seen with wonderful distinctness. Nearer, the snow slopes, which we had just left, rose up like phantoms out of the gloom" (William Brown, "Stuc a Chroin's East Face (11th November 1893)," Scottish Mountaineering Journal 3 [1895]: 21)

Note to Thelemites: Aleister Crowley joined the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1894 and earlier made these ascents in Scotland: August 1890: Beinn Mheadhain (aka Ben Vane - 915m); September 1890: Ben Cruachan (1126m); October 1890: Ben Nevis (1344m); August 1892: Ben Ledi (879m), Ben A’an (461m), Ben Vorlich 985m), Ben More (Crianlarich) (966m), Ben Lawers (1214m), Ben Laiogh, Ben Oss (1029m) and Ben Dubh-Chraige (978m); September 1892: Sgurr nan Gillian (964m), Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh (973), Bruach na Frìthe (958m), Meall a' Chrasgaidh (934m), Am Basteir (934m), Sgurr a' Mhadaidh (918m) and Bloody Stone.

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