A Hand-Book for Travellers in Switzerland and the Alps of Savoy and Piedmont

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Switzerland and the Alps of Savoy and Piedmont

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...is more dangerous, the glacier, which on this side is called Arolla, being much more extensive, and more crevassed. Quitted the ice in 1 h. 15 m., after which the descent is over very steep rocks, not much better than the Little Coluret, beds of snow and moraines very rough and fatiguing. Reached the turf and the foot of the glacier in 2 h. 40 m. from the Col; under less favourable circumstances it might take double the time. The valley thus far is close and winding, so that no distant views can be had; but it is of the grandest character. "The lofty jagged ridge to the east, which divides the glacier of Arolla from that of Ferpecle, is called by Professor Forbes the Dents des Bouquetins. To the west, another very grand glacier descends from the other side of the Mont Collon, communicating probably with the head of the Val de Bagnes. From the foot of the glacier to Evolena is about 4 hours of very grand and beautiful scenery. Total from Prerayen to Evolena, about 10 hours. Thence to Sion an easy day of 6 hours, I suppose. The lower part of the valley does not appear to be first-rate. I have not seen it. "There is no inn at Evolena, and the people seem rude and unaccommodating. After some difficulty I got lodgings, and was civilly treated at the house of a family named Fullonier, where there are two brothers who have crossed the Col d'Errin as guides. Time from Evolena to Zermatt 9 h. 35 m., excluding stoppages. It might take much more. "An hour above Evolena the valley forks into two branches; the one leading to the glacier of Arolla and Col de Collon, the other to the glacier of Ferpecle and Col d'Errin, as Forbes has called it; the pass being apparently without a name in the country. The scenery of the latter branch is...show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
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  • English
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  • 1236844998
  • 9781236844996