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THE DAY THE ROPE BROKE: THE STORY OF A GREAT VICTORIAN TRAGEDY AND THE END OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF ALPINE MOUNTAINEERING Clark 2008 Softcover New
By Clark, Ronald
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UK, 2008. 216 pp, color and b/w photos. Softcover. New.

 A discussion of the disaster that occurred during the Matterhorn 1st ascent. The first ascent of the Matterhorn in July 1865 is one of the key events in the history of mountaineering. It was the climax of five years struggle by the English mountaineer Edward Whymper in competition with Jean Antonie-Carrel, the Italian mountain guide who had grown up in the mountain’s shadow. It also produced one of most famous mountaineering accidents of the nineteenth century and it brought to an end what has come to be known as the ‘Golden Age of Alpine climbing’.

‘The Day the Rope Broke’ is the story of the events leading up to this remarkable ascent and its terrible aftermath. It was first published in 1965 to mark the centenary of the first ascent. 

Ronald W Clark (1916-1987) was a distinguished historian of mountaineering. His books include: The Alps; An Eccentric in the Alps; The Victorian Mountaineers and Mountaineering in Britain.

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