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NORWAY THE NORTHERN PLAYGROUND: SKETCHES OF CLIMBING AND MOUNTAIN EXPLORATION IN NORWAY BETWEEN 1872 AND 1903 Wm Cecil Slingsby 1904 1st UK edition
By Slingsby, Wm. Cecil
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Edinburgh: Douglas, 1904, 1st edition. 425 pp, includes 32 full page illustrations, 70 vignettes & 9 maps. 'Slingsby was one of the leading climbers of his generation, climbing in Britain and the Alps, but he is still revered in Norway as the ‘Father’ of Norwegian mountaineering. His book remains the classic, indispensable work on the region.' Considreed one of the scarcest and most desirable mountaineering books, we have had less than five copies in 29 years. Original green cloth is bright and clean, minor rubbing to edges, previous owner's bookplate inside front cover, no writing, a Near Fine copy.
 
The story of the first ascents of many of Norway's most dramatic peaks, Slingsby's book is still a very relevant guidebook to many Norwegian mountain areas today. Slingsby was one of the leading climbers of his generation, climbing in Britain and the Alps, and he is still held in the highest regard in Norway as the father of Norwegian mountaineering. In contrast to many areas of the Alps, the Norse mountains have been spared the same proliferation of telepheriques and ski resorts; and so many of the corries and peaks are still in the same wilderness condition as when Slingsby first climbed them. Norway: The Northern Playground has long been regarded by many as an indispensable work on the region.
 
CONTENTS LISTING
 
Preface To First Edition
Chapter 1: General Remarks On Norway
Chapter 2: My First Visit To Norway
Chapter 3: Aardal - The First Crossing Of A Glacier In The Horungtinder - Galdhoppigen And Three New Ascents
Chapter 4: The Passage Of Morka-Koldedal, A Frozen Lake. Skagastolstind, Or Not?
Chapter 5: An English Lady In Jotunheim
Chapter 6: The Mountains Of Lake Bygdin, Uranaastind And Others Chapter
7: The Gjertvastind And Vormelid Chapter
8: The Conquest Of Skagastolstind
Chapter 9: The Ascent Of Stolsnaastind Chapter
10: Round The Horungtinder In Winter
Chapter 11: Tunsbergdal To Loendal And Mountaineering From Gjendebod
Chapter 12: The First Lady's Ascent Of Lodals Kaupe And The Mountains Of Loen
Chapter 13: A Four Days' Tramp From Fjaerland With The Exploration Of The Austerdalsbrae
Chapter 14: Three Days On The Skagastolstinder
Chapter 15: Arctic Norway: Two Ascents Of Strandaatind
Chapter 16: Farvel!
 

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