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1865: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MOUNTAINEERING IN THE ALPS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF ALPINE CLIMBING'S GREATEST ERA. Gilles Modica. 2016 1st edition In English and French. New Large hardcover
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UK, 2016, 1st edition. 493 pp, 350 b/w & color photographs, maps. In English and French. Large format hardcover, New, no DJ issued. A fantastic new illustrated history of the greatest 15 years in mountaineering history, 1850 to 1865. That is when climbing was born and matured, and all the peaks in the Alps of Europe had their first ascents.

From the Wetterhorn in 1854 to the Matterhorn in 1865 - from triumph to tragedy - the Alps were conquered in a decade. It was what Reverend W.A.B. Coolidge called the 'golden age of alpinism', the era of the first great guides (Christian Almer, Melchoir Anderegg, Michel Croz) and gentlemen climbers (Leslie Stephen, John Tyndall, Edward Whymper). 

Almost all European Alpine clubs were founded during this period, crowned by the successful ascents of the Aiguille Verte, the Matterhorn, and the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. Summits were no longer scaled in the name of science, but for the beauty and difficulty of ascents that embodied the pleasure of the 'noble sport' of mountaineering, as invented during this golden decade. 

1865: the Golden Age of Mountaineering, by Gilles Modica, documents this great time in the history of alpinism. Illustrated with 350 photographs and illustrations and lavishly produced, it is co-published in English and French.

Gilles Modica is an independent journalist who specializes in the history of mountaineering and exploration. He has written six books on the subject as well as numerous articles for Montagne magazine and Trek magazine. He was a top-level climber for fifteen years (1975-1990), notably completing six routes on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses (including the second ascent of the MacIntyre-Colton line in 1980), making solo climbs in the Alps and Peru, scaling the big walls of Yosemite, and racking up several first ascents (including the Ginat route on the Droites, and the Modica-Noury gully on Mont Blanc du Tacul). He is a member of France's elite Groupe de Haute Montagne (G.H.M.).

This book is larger and heavier than usual. Extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail and International Mail.



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