Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

(4.3 stars; 9 reviews)

Scrambles Amongst the Alps is one the great classics (some would say the greatest) of early mountaineering literature, and Edward Whymper (1840-1911) one of the leading figures of the early years of Alpine climbing. He is best known, of course, for his many attempts on the Matterhorn, and for the loss of four members of his climbing party after the successful first ascent of the peak in July, 1865. Although the Matterhorn stands in ways in the center of his book, there are descriptions of many other ascents as well, in the Alps of France and Italy, as well as those of Switzerland. His book, incidentally, has many of his drawings in it (he was originally an illustrator by profession), and listeners might wish to call up the .pdf file from which it is read, to have the benefit of the illustrations. (Introduction by Nicholas Clifford) (10 hr 3 min)

Chapters

01 - Preface and Chap. I 30:21 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
02 - The Ascent of Mont Pelvoux 47:18 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
03 - The Mont Cenis Pass and the Fell Railway 17:08 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
04 - My First Scramble on the Matterhorn 32:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
05 - Renewed Attempts to Ascend the Matterhorn 58:21 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
06 - The Val Tournanche - The Breuiljoch - Zermatt - Ascent of the Grand Tourna… 40:48 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
07 - Our Sixth Attempt to Ascend the Matterhorn 20:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
08 - From St. Michel on the Mont Cenis Road, by the Col des Aiguilles d'Arve, C… 29:18 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
09 - The Ascent of the Pointe des Écrins 27:46 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
10 - From Val Louise to La Bérard by the Col de Pilatte 19:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
11 - Passage of the Col de Triolet, and Ascents of the Mont Dolent, Aiguille de… 37:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
12 - Moming Pass -- Zermatt 21:19 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
13 - The Ascent of the Grand Cornier 23:08 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
14 - The Ascent of the Dent Blanche 13:32 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
15 - Lost on the Col d'Hérens.-- My Seventh Attempt to Ascend the Matterhorn 27:47 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
16 - Valley of Aosta, and Ascent of the Grandes Jorasses 31:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
17 - The Col Dolent 13:48 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
18 - Ascent of the Aiguille Verte 16:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
19 - The Col de Talèfre 6:19 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
20 - Ascent of the Runette -- The Matterhorn 27:54 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
21 - The Ascent of the Matterhorn 22:49 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
22 - Descent of the Matterhorn 29:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
23 - Appendix A -- Appendix B 8:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

Reviews


(5 stars)

A brilliant book. Well read and a joy to listen too