From here it is best to pass on to the arête a few feet below the crack above described.
If we fell from the arête we might not stop going for four thousand feet.
We were now on the arête but a very short distance from the summit.
In fact, instead of starting on the arête we might pass up the gully to the cave.
Going up the arête the pause between each step, whilst the alpenstock was being driven in, was sufficiently long to afford a rest.
It is at anyrate not dull to be on an arête with a snow slope leading to nothing beneath me.
Near the top of the arête we pass the exit of the chimney b b, which descends steeply to the right.
The only serious difficulty on the arête is a wall of rock 100 ft. higher up.
Here we can strike across to the arête, and keeping close to the gully on our right have 250 ft. of fairly good scrambling.
"sharp crest of a mountain," 1862, from Swiss French arête, from Latin arista "ear of grain, the top of an ear," which probably is of Etruscan origin. The figure is of something jagged.
important concept in Greek philosophy, "virtue, excellence," especially of manly qualities; literally "that which is good." The comparative form is areion, the superlative is aristos (cf. aristocracy).