Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Scrambles Amongst the Alps, by Edward Whymper

On July 14, 1865 Edward Whymper and his party made the first successful climb of the Matterhorn, the highest peak in the Alps. His book, written in 1871 documents the climb and the unfortunate descent that lead to the death of several members of the party.


While the book can be too technical at times for people who are not climbers, it gives us a good amount of information about the gear, clothing, and techniques used in the early days of mountain climbing.

To my knowledge the book is in the public domain, and a free copy can be obtained here, here, and several other places online.

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