My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus

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9780543890436: My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus
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This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1895 edition by T. Fisher Unwin; Charles Scribners's Sons, London; New York.

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I can not do any better than to quote from one of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk: 'Mummery is one of mountaineering's best story-tellers, and I would unconditionally recommend this book to anyone. Although it was written over 100 years ago, his style and enthusiasm has not dated and it is a very readable book.

In fact, the Alps themselves (with their multitude of cable cars and other mechanical aids) have "aged" more than Mummery's writing style - in fact Mummery himself was worried lest it eventually be possible to ascend the Jungfrau by steam-lift or cog railway... Prophetic words indeed.

This is the crux of the book - ascending a peak itself was not the essence of mountaineering, it was how you did it and how you overcame difficulties that was important. The first two chapters of the book are devoted to Mummery attempting "difficult" ways up the Matterhorn, the ordinary Hornli route was too easy for him. As it happened, it didn't go according to plan - Mummery's description of being confronted by "geister" (ghosts) who were going to throw his party off the Furggen ridge is one of the most unusual pieces of mountaineering writing anywhere.'

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Eminently readable and humorous account of early Alpinism. -- Colin Wells, Scotland On-line

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