Swiss Pictures; Drawn with Pen and Pencil Volume . 1

Swiss Pictures; Drawn with Pen and Pencil Volume . 1

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...in my journal as having been so varied and beautiful as to be almost fatiguing. The feeling of fatigue is gone; but the sense of beauty is eternal. Nothing would seem more futile than the attempt to scale these peaks. They appear absolutely and hopelessly inaccessible. Mr. Ball says of the Shreckhorn; On three sides the rocks are so steep as to be almost completely bare of snow; the " The names of many of these mountains are very suggestive; the Angel's Peaki the peaks of Tempest, of Darkness, and of Terror, the Silver Peak, and the Virgin. north alone shows a long slope of snow lying at the highest possible angle, and in such a condition that the slightest disturbance is apt to cause avalanches. Again, The Ober Grindelwald glacier, whether seen from the F aulhorn, from the neighbourhood of the village, or from any other commanding spot, presents an aspect which may well make the boldest mountaineer hesitate. The glacier is in truth an almost continuous ice-fall, torn by wide crevasses into toppling ridges and pinnacles of ice. When the eye turns from the glacier to the mountains on either side, with the hope of tracing a passage, the prospect is at first sight even more discouraging. The precipices of the Wetterhorn on one side, and those of the Mettenberg on the other, rise in walls of rock so steep and, seemingly, so unbroken, that it is hard to conceive how even a chamois could make its way along them. The experienced cragsman, however, knows that the steepest rocks are almost always broken by ravines and gullies, and traversed by narrow ledges that give foothold to the skilful climber. Again, The summit of the VVetterhorn rises little more than eight hundred feet above this Col, but the slope...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646363
  • 9781236646361