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Edward Whymper


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Edward Whymper : Scrambles among the Alps

'Saturday 25th December. ?Scrambles among the Alps? (Whymper) Trying to get the proper atmosphere in a snow-less Christmas. Certainly, if any book could give it, it is this one. Today has been rather a bore. The usual heavyweight dinner made everybody too somnolent to allow of any attempt at enjoyment. So we slept and read and ate and ? finally ? slept.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Gerald Moore      Print: Book


Edward Whymper : Travels among the Great Andes of the Equator

'But instead of learning to sail, I read Edward Whymper's "Travels among the Great Andes of the Equator". The author is better known for his "Scrambles among the Alps", but this came later in my education.[...] I have not read the book again but I still have the most vivid impressions of it: the climbing of Chimborazo [...] the night spent on Cotopaxi [...]'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Eric Shipton      Print: Book


Edward Whymper : [on mountaineering accidents]

'C.I. Evans read Geoffrey Young's [?] poem 'Mountain Playmates' & Mary Hayward read Leslie Stephen's account of the first ascent of the Rothorn. R.B. Graham circulated snapshots illustrating this reading & his own climb of the same mountain. After supper R.B. Graham gave a general chat on Mountaineering with views. A passage by Whymper on accidents was summarised by A. Rawlings who then read Whymper's account of an extraordinary accident he himself sustained. To conclude the Secretary read a parody of Wadsworth [Wordsworth?] 'We are Seven' composed by H.m. Wallis on climbing at Arolla'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Rawlings      Print: Book


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