My Alpine Jubilee, 1851-1907

Paperback | July 5, 2012

byFrederic Harrison

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... MOUNTAINEERING An article in the ' Westminster Review,1 October 1864.) There are few people nowadays who have ever left England at all that have not seen something of the Alps, and few who have not felt something of the mountain fever in their veins. As a natural result, we have been bored to death with every form of Alpine narrative--serious, comic, scientific, poetical, semi-pseudo-scientifico-poetico-personal. Men (to say nothing of women) have come back from the mountains gushing over with their adventures as children from a fair, and have prosed about their hairbreadth escapes or the contents of their carpet-bags with odious earnestness. All this is very silly; but a far sillier affectation is that of the very refined people who have come to the conclusion that the Alps--the pathless, infinite Alps--are as good as hackneyed. No doubt the frisky impertinences of a few braggart scramblers are hard to bear; and the boisterous glee with which they recount their deeds of daring recalls the dreary fun of the prize-ring. But all this is no excuse for the rank profanity of those who make light of the noble art of mountaineering in itself. We believe that so far from too much having been said about it, its real title to honour has never been recognised--caret quia vale sacro. The Alps will be worn out only when the ocean and the firmament are stale, flat, and unprofitable; and Alpine climbing may be reckoned the folly of boys, only when the sap is withering up in men, and the fibres of their natures are growing coarse. It is rather our belief that of all the modes in which men may refresh themselves from work, this is the worthiest, most reasonable, most adapted to our times. Love for the mountains is yet but in its egg; and mountain walking has yet...

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... MOUNTAINEERING An article in the ' Westminster Review,1 October 1864.) There are few people nowadays who have ever lef...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217239048

ISBN - 13:9780217239042

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