The Alpenstock; A Book about the Alps and Alpine Adventure

The Alpenstock; A Book about the Alps and Alpine Adventure

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...looked aghast at this uninviting morsel. It was past a joke--he had devoured everything--mutton, loaves, wine, eggs, and sausages; all were gone beyond recovery. It was idle to grumble, and useless to wait. They were light, and could move quickly; the porter was laden inside and out. They went off at a trot; he had to shuffle; the perspiration streamed off him (as Whymper puts it, "he larded the glacier "); and thus they had their revenge. At a quarter to eight the victors reentered Chamounix amid the firing of cannon and other demonstrations of satisfaction on the part of the hotel-keepers. But the Chamounix guides were jealous of Almer's success. He had not made the ascent. Where were the proofs? Where was the flag on the summit? Chamounix was greatly excited, and there were materials for a very pretty riot; but they manage those things better in France than in England, and the gendarmes--three strong--came down and dispersed the crowd. The turbulent guides quailed before the cocked hats, and retired to cabarets to take little glasses of absinthe, and other liquors more or less injurious to the human frame. CHAPTER Vm. DEFEATED BY THE MEIJE. Choosing the Northern Face for its Difficulties.--Defeat of Mr. Gotch's First Attempt.--Driven back a Second Time.--The Qualifications of a Mountaineer.--Mr. Maund's Exploits.--A Series of Varied Mishaps.--Lost in a Snow-storm. The Meije consists of three peaks. The most westerly is the highest; the central the next in altitude, and the eastern over three hundred feet lower than the others. The last ascent of the peak was made in 1876 by Mr. Henry Gale Gotch, who in June of that year awaited an opportunity to add this to the many conquests recently made by the Alpine Club. As the mountain itself...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653173
  • 9781236653178