With Axe and Rope in the New Zealand Alps, with illustrationsby George Edward Mannering
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With Axe and Rope in the New Zealand Alps, with illustrations, was written by George Edward Mannering (1862–1947) He was a New Zealand Banker, Mountaineer and Writer and also a Member of the New Zealand Alpine Club, Member of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, and Member of the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury, N.Z.. Published In London In 1891. ( 228 Pages )
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This Book is Dedicated to all Lovers of Nature
...This short work contains the story of five seasons' climbing and exploring in the New Zealand Alps. Most of the material embodied in it has already appeared from time to time, in rather a different form, in the Christchurch (N.Z.) 'Weekly Press.'
...The author trusts that the publication of the same in book form, together with a map of the locality and a few photographic reproductions, will supply a want in the shape of a guide-book to the Alpine mountain district which is already beginning to be felt by tourists in New Zealand; and he hopes that the contents may not prove uninteresting to the general public, more especially to Swiss and Caucasian climbers, few of whom are perhaps aware of the extent and nature of the New Zealand Alpine chain.
...The map is compiled by the New Zealand Government Survey Office from the work of Mr. T. N. Broderick, Government Surveyor, and that of Dr. E. von Lendenfeld. The illustrations are from photographs by Messrs. Wheeler and Son. Their operator has in several mountain expeditions accompanied the author, who takes this opportunity of expressing his thanks to the New Zealand Government Survey Department, and to Messrs. Wheeler, for their kind assistance.
...It will doubtless be said that the summit of Aorangi has not yet been attained: quite true. Like Mr. Green, the author and his friend were 'wise in time.' Yet it is only a quibble to dispute the ascent of the mountain, for being on the ice-cap of Aorangi is like being on the topmost rung of a ladder, and yet not upon the projections above that step.
Christchurch, New Zealand:
April 13, 1891.
Chapter 1. INTRODUCTORY — Chapter 2. THE ROUTE TO THE MOUNT COOK DISTRICT — Chapter 3. FIRST ATTEMPT TO CLIMB AORANGI — Chapter 4. SECOND ATTEMPT TO CLIMB AORANGI — Chapter 5. THIRD ATTEMPT TO CLIMB AORANGI — Chapter 6. ASCENT OF THE HOCHSTETTER DOME — Chapter 7. FOURTH ATTEMPT TO CLIMB AORANGI — Chapter 8. FIRST EXPLORATION OF THE MURCHISON GLACIER — Chapter 9. FIFTH ATTEMPT TO CLIMB AORANGI — Chapter 10. ON SOME OF THE PHENOMENA OF GLACIERS — Chapter 11. CANOEING ON THE NEW ZEALAND RIVERS — Appendix —A Short Glossary of Technical Alpine Terms
...My hands were blistered with the axe work, but at 3 P.M. we were able to walk on the fast rounding-off slopes without steps, and soon we were on the summit, happy and flushed with victory. The mountain has a double top and we were on the western and slightly lower one.
...What shall I say of the view from the Hochstetter Dome? It is comprehensive and wonderful. The whole country lay like a map before us. Westwards Elie de Beaumont and the western ocean, at our feet the Whymper Glacier, from which flowed the Wataroa River, threading its way through forest- and glacier-clad mountains to the sea, twenty miles away. Northwards and eastwards extended in glorious and shining array the magnificent chain of the Alps; glacier upon glacier, peak upon peak, range upon range of splendid mountains. Eastwards a fine rocky peak without a name and Mount Darwin, and looking south-westwards down the Tasman Glacier, from whence we had toiled our laborious way, the eye could follow the course of the great ice stream for twelve or thirteen miles, flanked by the grand mountains which sent down their tributary ice streams to join the mass in the valley below.
...We gave three hearty cheers for her Majesty, and three for our proud little colony, and commenced the descent, going down backwards in the steps, and taking firm hold with our axes at every movement.
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