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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.
Posted January 2, 2006
Scrambles Amongst the Alps is unique in that it portrays an era of climbing and participants that is uninterviewable, ie it's a window on time, not only on climbing, but it includes glimpses on such things as dwarfism that Whymper owed to local water, and a cheese maker he encountered who had snot running down his nose and beard, and whose process for the cheese involved blowing through a horn into a vat of curds (Yeah-Yech!)...but this book includes all the makings of a blockbuster novel - high adventure, local flavor, history, as well as controversial and tragic drama. It's the only book that culminates with the first factual ascent of the Matterhorn (WOW!). If you've ever climbed a tree or mountain climbed, or wanted to do these things, then this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.