National Geographic : 1915 Feb
sunrise or very soon after. On one im portant peak, at an elevation of 15,157 feet, that was too difficult to climb in the dark, I remained out over night; but the discomfort and risk was so great that I decided not to do it again. "My usual program of work in this region was to get started from camp early enough to go as far as was safe in the dark, and the rest of the way to my point in the morning twilight, which in these low latitudes is very short. Then there would be a desperate uphill race between the clouds and me, and the clouds usually won the race! I want to say that this racing uphill at altitudes around 14,00ooo to 16,ooo feet, frequently carrying instruments, with the almost cer tain knowledge that the clouds would get there first, and the knowledge that if they did another valuable day would be lost, is an experience that, if oft repeated, will have a decidedly dampening effect on one's ardor for topographic surveying. When I was so fortunate as to win the race and see that I would have a few minutes, or perhaps an hour, to work. I would get my location and elevation by regular plane-table methods and get lines and vertical angles to the most important points. "Then I would take a series of photo graphs around the horizon, with the camera set on the leveled plane-table. In my photographic record I noted the di rection of camera by measuring angle, with a protractor between it and a true meridian drawn on the plane-table sheet. From these photographs I hope to be able to fill in much of the detail that it was impossible to sketch in the limited time before everything was obscured by fog. When weather permitted, I went ahead with detail sketching by ordinary methods." A second topographic party, under the leadership of Mr. E. L. Anderson, cov ered during the field season of 1914 a large unexplored area between Mt. Sal cantay and the Huarocondo Valley. In this region was found the interesting fortress of Huata and a considerable number of other ruins that have not hith erto been reported, and which ought to be carefully studied some time in the future. Mr. Anderson's party covered altogether about 400 square miles, of which 120 THE DESIGN ON ANOTHER HANDLE OF THESE LADLES Which intimates that the ancient Incas had a sense of humor and a lively imagination in art. THE MOST CHARMING AND LIFELIKE REP RESENTATION OF AN ANIMAL'S HEAD FOUND AT MACHU PICCHU It appears to be one handle of a deep two handled dish and seems to represent a baby llama. The modeling and the spirit in which it is worked out are most delightful. were southwest of Cuzco, near Paccari tampu, which has long been [erroneous ly?] supposed to be the site of Tampu tocco, the windowed tavern from which the Incas came to Cuzco. During the season of 1914 several in teresting archeological finds were made, including some small wooden and bronze artifacts at the edge of a glacier, 16,ooo feet above sea-level, which would seem to indicate that some Inca had been buried or lost on the ice.