Scrambles Amongst the Alps

Scrambles Amongst the Alps Edward Whymper
  • Title: Scrambles Amongst the Alps
  • Author: Edward Whymper
  • ISBN: 9780792269236
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scrambles Amongst the Alps Edward Whymper Scrambles Amongst the Alps When he first saw the Alps in Edward Whymper was a year old English wood engraver whose dream was to become an arctic explorer Ambitious and hungry for adventure he fell in love with the cha
    When he first saw the Alps in 1860, Edward Whymper was a 20 year old English wood engraver whose dream was to become an arctic explorer Ambitious and hungry for adventure, he fell in love with the challenge the Alps presented and set out to conquer them peak by peak Whymper made quick work of the challenge, racking up dozens of first ascents and acquiring a reputation asWhen he first saw the Alps in 1860, Edward Whymper was a 20 year old English wood engraver whose dream was to become an arctic explorer Ambitious and hungry for adventure, he fell in love with the challenge the Alps presented and set out to conquer them peak by peak Whymper made quick work of the challenge, racking up dozens of first ascents and acquiring a reputation as one of the best in the nascent field of mountaineering But on the Matterhorn, considered to be mountaineering s Holy Grail at the time, Whymper met with failure again and again On his eighth attempted ascent he finally succeeded, becoming the first man to reach its magnificent peak The victory came at a heavy cost, however, as Whymper watched four of his companions fall to their deaths on the descent It was a tragedy that would cast a shadow over the remainder of his life.Published in 1871, Scrambles Amongst the Alps is Whymper s own story of his nine years spent climbing in the Alps One of the first books devoted to the sheer thrill of mountaineering, it is a breathtaking account of the triumph of man over mountain in a time before thermal clothing, nylon ropes, global positioning systems, and air rescues It also offers Whymper s controversial story of the tragedy on the Matterhorn One of the best adventure books of all time, Scrambles Amongst the Alps is an essential classic of climbing literature by one of mountaineering s most legendary figures.
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    About Edward Whymper


    1. British mountaineer, explorer, and illustrator best known for making the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.


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    1. Written in a late eighteen hundreds style, but none the less interesting I was in Zermatt on a skiing trip in the mid eighties and my ski instructor was a mountain climber in the spring and Summer and we got to talking about the Matterhorn I asked him if he had climbed it he said 3 to 4 hundred times, first when I was 16 and from then on until last year when my legs started to bother me He was 65 years old and out skied everyone on the mountain It was then he told me about Edward Whymper and his [...]

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    2. Splendido Unico Un libro scritto magnificamente da uno che di professione non faceva lo scrittore perch passa tra diversi generi letterari con grande maestria e competenza dall avventura al trattato scientifico, dal diario di viaggio meramente descrittivo a una serie di considerazioni personali che toccano l ambito dell antropologia e non annoia mai Tutt altro Avvince Sempre Magnifiche poi le incisioni tutte eseguite dallo stesso Whymper, ad hoc per questo libro, che voleva intenzionalmente redi [...]

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    3. Recent climbing fatalities in the French Alps drew me back to Edward Whymper s classic work, an account of his many excursions and victories in the Alps and most notably the story of the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 and the expedition s tragic descent.When Whymper first arrived in the region in 1860, he had only a literary acquaintance with mountain climbing He took to it at once, returning often to make many first ascents But it was the grandeur of the Matterhorn, considered the most [...]

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    4. Este libro es interesante, en primer lugar, como cl sico del alpinismo, producto del siglo XIX Escrito por uno de los grandes conquistadores de cimas de aquel entonces, Edward Whymper, que nos aporta su saber alpino en consejos muy valiosos, si bien hoy en d a m s que superados Whymper era intr pido y se jacta de ello, con orgullo brit nico pero a la vez muy atento a las medidas de seguridad que deben tomarse en las altas monta as atenci n que no deja de manifestarse en esta obra, una y otra vez [...]

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    5. Whymper s book about some of his first ascents of peaks in the Alps, including the first ascent of the famed Matterhorn alternates between really fascinating and dry His curmudgeonly character frequently causes him to underplay the difficulties of his ascents and some of the stories suffer from that His tragic climb of the Matterhorn, where a majority of his companions died, is the best story of the book and he makes you wait for until the end There are several chapters that focus on the geology [...]

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    6. A great classic both of mointaneering and literature in one.Edward Whymper wrote down first hand his impression and beautiful drawnings on his adventures and early climbs in the Alps it s funny he called it just scrambles , while in fact he was climbing pretty hard.The book is very good, very interesting if you re passionate about climbing and climbing history, and pretty well written, giving it s out of 1880 If not otherwise it could be a bit too dispersive and technical to be enjoyable.Pretty [...]

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    7. I m re reading now My daughter read it in literature seminar course at Emory featuring Pomo take on mountaineering Whymper was in the first party to climb the Matterhorn, he was the only survivor of the climb.This is a mountain travelogue He s quite a good writer, an illustrator by profession he has good powers of observation.Anyway, I reading a 2nd time.

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    8. Have just re read this classic, he talks about where I live, which makes this rather dry book interesting There s now a huge statue of him here which I drive past every day on my way to work.I m always amazed that Whymper would turn up, go up to the summit of previously unclimbed mountains, walk back down to the valley, then walk to Grenoble 120km away

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    9. La cr nica de una de las ascensiones y sus intentos mas famosas de todos los tiempos, a la ultima cima virgen de mas de 4.000 m en los Alpes, en el siglo XIX, narrada con a veces po tico y a veces preciso Es la segunda vez que la subo, esta vez de manera literaria.

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    10. A little dry but still a classic.

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    11. Interesting history on climbing, but he tends to digress for pages on minutiae that bored me

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    12. i know matterhorn from a japan comic i read and i m interested about eddy whymper s journey nice book

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    13. Great historical piece, a little slow at times.

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    14. 1871 book maps hundreds of hand drawn illustrations

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    15. A very good, but sometimes vey technical, book on early mountainclimbing.

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