aspiring to the snowline


Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

There are hills, rounded, blunt, burned, squeezed up out of chaos, chrome and vermilion painted, aspiring to the snowline. Between the hills lie high level-looking plains full of intolerable sun glare, or narrow valleys drowned in a blue haze.

From The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin

The writer is describing Death Valley. Park: Death Valley — Trekking the National Parks

Does the part in bold mean those hills compete with one another to reach the snowline (a level where there is snow)?
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I don't see anything there that suggests that they are competing with each other. They are striving or reaching towards the snowline.