When the Alps Cast Their Spell: Mountaineers of the Alpine Golden Age

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Neil Wilson Publishing, Oct 18, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 539 pages
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The sport of mountaineering was pioneered 150 years ago by a diverse cross-section of Victorians, following in the footsteps of earlier local explorers who ventured into the upper regions of ice and snow in search of game and minerals. By the early years of the 19th century, a growing interest in the study of geological and glaciological phenomena attracted scientific interest in the origins of the Alps. It was only in the latter half of that century when, by the 1850s, interest in the largly unexplored Alpine peaks began to capture the public imagination, and a sharp increase developed in the numbers of those who tried to scale them. So intense was the level of exploration and achievement that the next decade was labelled the Alpine Golden Age. By the turn of the century the new sport had not only expanded vastly, but had begun to acquire a degree of respectability. The development of new skills and techniques resulted in greater accomplishments, whilst retaining the spirit and traditions of the pioneers. In this book the mountaineer and writer Trevor Braham illustrates aspects of the character and achievements of some of the early Victorian climbers, and their response to the unique attractions of mountaineering. These include Leslie Stephen (the father of Virginia Woolf), Alfred Wills, John Tyndall, Adolphus Warburton Moore, Edward Whymper (the first to conquer the Matterhorn), Albert Frederick Mummery and many more. Trevor Braham's comprehensive history on this period of Alpine mountaineering is essential to any mountaineer's bookshelf.
  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PREFACE
PART ONE12TH18TH CENTURY
CHAPTER ONEBEGINNINGS
PART TWO19TH CENTURYLEADING MOUNTAINEERS
CHAPTER TWOALFRED WILLS 18281912
CHAPTER THREEJOHN TYNDALL 182093
CHAPTER FOURLESLIE STEPHEN 18321904
CHAPTER SEVENALBERT FREDERICK MUMMERY 185595
CHAPTER EIGHTAN EXPECTED SUCCESS
CHAPTER NINETHERE WERE MANY OTHERS
PART THREE20TH CENTURY
CHAPTER TENBEYOND THE BEGINNINGS
NOTES TO CHAPTERS
ALPINE FIRST ASCENTS13TH19TH CENTURY
BIBLIOGRAPHY

CHAPTER FIVEADOLPHUS WARBURTON MOORE 184187
CHAPTER SIXEDWARD WHYMPER 18401911

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