Short Stalks; Or, Hunting Camps, North, South, East, And West

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byEdward North Buxton

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XII PEAKS AND PASSES Alpine ascents have been done to death, and perhaps this chapter will be generally skipped by readers who may have struggled so far in my book. Yet I cannot deprive myself of the pleasure of recalling just one or two laborious but delightful days of struggle, which I spent in the company of friends, no less enthusiastic than myself, and in the capture--not of wild beasts--but of virgin peaks and passes. There was a wonderful freemasonry among the worshippers at those shrines, and it would be impossible to exaggerate the devotion and enthusiasm of the votaries during the "sixties." It was the decade following on the formation of the Alpine Club. Within that period, nearly every peak and passage of any importance was discussed at home, minutely examined on the spot, attacked, and finally concmered. At that time I was one of the worst victims of this summer madness, and spent hours (ah, how delightfully !) at the little Club room in eager controversies with others like-minded with myself, while I wasted my substance on every kind of printed or graphic publication which offered a foretaste, or a retrospect, of my chosen insanity. Then the gatherings at Zermatt and other favourite centres! There were giants in those days, at least, we thought so then, men with limbs, long and sinewy, and with heads to devise, and to command. On the lips of these masters of the craft outsiders like myself hung with reverence. The professionals too, the Andereggs, the Crozs, Bennen, and a few others in the first rank, whose native skill and agility had conquered so many difficulties, and whom we counted rather as intimates than as servants. I do not pretend that my own triumphs were anything remarkable, and I should find it hard to select any of them which would ra...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XII PEAKS AND PASSES Alpine ascents have been done to death, and perhaps this chapter will be generally skipped by readers who may ha...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217874398

ISBN - 13:9780217874397

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