High Mountains of the Alps Description
Brand : Cordee
Season : AW12
Code : 5030326
The Highest Mountains of the Alps is a stunning coffee table book that's brim full of glorious images of the magnificent Alps. A must have on the bookshelf of any mountain lover
Ever since Mont Blanc's first ascent in 1786 the great alpine peaks have thrown down an irresistible challenge for the adventurous. The sixty-one summits that exceed 4000 metres in height include such world famous peaks as the Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Monte Rosa, Weisshorn and the Grandes Jorasses. The story of their exploration and ascent (mostly during the last century) forms one of the great sagas of mankind's quest to master the unknown - a fascinating period that took place in a Europe in the throes of industrial revolution and political upheaval.
It reveals how scores of able and energetic young men - clerics, academics, businessmen, landowners, scientists, diplomats, politicians and even a future Pope set out to challenge an austere and dangerous world of glaciers, ice faces and rock buttresses. Women also played a part - an equally determined group of heiresses, academics, wives and mothers were no less active than their male counterparts, and indeed played a notable role in the development of