Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: OP1768AB-334
MEN AND THE MATTERHORN Gaston Rebuffat. 1967 1st edition Hardcover DJ, Ex Lib Very Good
By Rebuffat, Gaston
Price: $9.99

List Price: $50.00
You Save $40.01 (80%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

New York, 1967, 1st edition. 222 pp, many ill. Many consider this the finest modern book on the Matterhorn, both for its lyrical description of the peak and its colorful history, and the excellent photographs. Hardcover DJ Ex Lib with markings hence Very Good.

 
The Matterhorn is a classic peak, a sharp, isolated rock pyramid with steep narrow ridges jutting from surrounding glaciers. The town of Zermatt, nestled beneath the mountain's north face, is a mountaineering Mecca. One of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world, the Matterhorn's every ridge and face have been scaled, and there are now fixed ropes, ladders, and huts along the normal routes to the summit.
 
Don't let these props, however, provide false security, because much of the climb still requires a great deal of technical expertise, and its death rate is one of the highest in the world. The isolation of the mountain results in its forming its own weather, which can change rapidly; it is possible for a storm to be raging on the Matterhorn when conditions in the region as a whole are good. One of the largest dangers on the Matterhorn is its popularity, since large numbers of climbers ascending simultaneously guarantees that meeting and overtaking maneuvers will be required, and increases the likelihood that rocks will be dislodged onto lower climbers. (There is much loose rock on the mountain.)
 
Edward Whymper and party's first ascent of the mountain in 1865 ended in tragedy, as the Rev Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, Lord Francis Douglas, and the guide Michel Croz all fell to their deaths on the descent. Only Whymper himself and two Swiss guides (Taugwalder father and son) survived. Lord Francis Douglas' body has never been recovered.
 
It was the English who made the resort of Zermatt popular with tourists. Here they came hiring locals as guides to guide them towards and often up their chosen mountain. Zermatt is surrounded by many 4000 metre mountains, and these were all climbed during the 'Golden Age' of mountaineering around 1850. The Matterhorn stood aloof for many years after repeated attempts from both Italy and Switzerland. The ascent of this mountain became a symbol of national pride, and wherever it was first climbed from (either Cervinia in Italy, or Zermatt in Switzerland), would reap the benefits from the tourist trade.
 
There are now many routes to the summit of the Matterhorn, the least difficult being the first ascent route: Hornli Ridge (AD), and the Lion (Italian) Ridge (AD+). However these grades would be much harder were it not for long sections of fixed ropes and ladders to enable local guides to get their clients up as quickly as possible. Away from the popular 'Voies Normales' the experienced climber may tackle classic routes such as the Zmutt and Furggen Ridges (D), while even more experienced climbers can test their skills on the North Face (ED1). Today the Matterhorn remains a significant challenge that should never be underestimated by climbers.
 
The Matterhorn's familiar shape invites more comparison than perhaps any other peak in the world, including Ama Dablam in the Himalaya, Ushba in the Caucasus, Canada's Mount Assiniboine, and Peru's Jirishanca.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
ON SNOW AND ROCK Gaston Rebuffat 1963 or 1967 1st or 3rd UK ed Hardcover No DJ Very Good-Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $20.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $55.00 (73%)
- Item # OP68D-5602
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
STARLIGHT AND STORM Gaston Rebuffat 1999 New Paperback
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $7.99 ~ Regular $19.00, You Save $11.01 (58%)
- Item # BK1246-297
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA: PREMIER 8000 [ANNAPURNA: FIRST CONQUEST OF AN 8000M PEAK] Maurice Herzog 1952 reprint Softcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED BY Gaston Rebuffat
By: Herzog, Maurice
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $100.00 (40%)
- Item # OP106E-113
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BORROWDALE A CLIMBER'S GUIDE Paul Ross and Michael Thompson c. 1967 Paperback Very Good-Good 3 Copies Available
By: Ross, Paul and Michael Thompson
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OPG5790-3543
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SELECTED CLIMBS IN THE DAUPHINE AND VERCORS E. A. Wrangham and J. Brailsford 1967 1st ed Softcover Very Good
By: Wrangham, E. A. and J. Brailsford
Price $2.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $17.01 (85%)
- Item # OPG271-451
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
INTRODUCTION TO MOUNTAINEERING George Smith 1967 Rev US or UK ed Hardcover No DJ Very Good
By: Smith, George Alan
Price $1.99
- Item # OP6437D-241
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MEN AND THE MATTERHORN Gaston Rebuffat 1973 Revised US ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $35.01 (47%)
- Item # OP305D-3472
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
KNOTS FOR MOUNTAINEERING, CAMPING, CLIMBING, UTILITY, RESCUE, ETC. Phil Smith 1967
By: Smith, Phil
Price $5.00
- Item # JR2
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MEN AND THE MATTERHORN Gaston Rebuffat. 1973 3rd edition Hardcover DJ Fine 3 copies available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $74.95 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $75.05 (50%)
- Item # OP1768-9953
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA: PREMIER 8000 [ANNAPURNA: FIRST CONQUEST OF AN 8000M PEAK] Maurice Herzog 1952 Reprint Softcover DJ Fine [Not Signed]
By: Herzog, Maurice
Price $50.00
- Item # OP106G-113
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
STARLIGHT AND STORM Gaston Rebuffat 1999 New Paperback
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $7.99 ~ Regular $19.00, You Save $11.01 (58%)
- Item # BK1246-297
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ON SNOW AND ROCK Gaston Rebuffat 1963 or 1967 1st or 3rd UK ed Hardcover No DJ Very Good-Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $20.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $55.00 (73%)
- Item # OP68D-5602
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MEN AND THE MATTERHORN Gaston Rebuffat 1973 Revised US ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $35.01 (47%)
- Item # OP305D-3472
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MEN AND THE MATTERHORN Gaston Rebuffat. 1973 3rd edition Hardcover DJ Fine 3 copies available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $74.95 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $75.05 (50%)
- Item # OP1768-9953
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MEIN WEG ZUM WELTMEISTER [MY WAY TO WORLD CHAMPION] Sepp Bradl 1952 2nd ed Hardcover Fine SIGNED by Sepp Bradl
By: Bradl, Sepp
Price $99.00
- Item # OP5265-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPINE JOURNAL 2013 THE JOURNAL OF THE ALPINE CLUB. A RECORD OF MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE AND SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION (UK) Volume 117 Number 361 AJ FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
By: Goodwin, Steve, ed. Alpine Club UK
Price $59.95
- Item # AJ2013
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE RED SNOWS: AN ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH CAUCASUS EXPEDITION 1958 John Hunt and Christopher Brasher 1960 2nd ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Hunt, John and Christopher Brasher
Price $49.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $0.01 (0%)
- Item # OP546C-559
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SHORTER WALKS IN THE DOLOMITES: 50 SHORT WALKS AND FULL-DAY EXPEDITIONS. Gillian Price 2012 2nd edition
By: Price, Gillian
Price $24.95
- Item # GB1193
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SETESDAL: CLIMBING IN SOUTHERN NORWAY. Weininger, Hans and Peter Brunnert 2012 New Edition IN ENGLISH
By: Weininger, Hans and Peter Brunnert
Price $59.95
- Item # GB2288
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
KAMPF UM DEN HIMALAJA [BATTLE FOR THE HIMALAYA] Paul Bauer 1937 reprint No DJ Near Fine
By: Bauer, Paul
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP3197-610
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ONE MOVE TOO MANY: HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE INJURIES AND OVERUSE SYNDROMES OF ROCK CLIMBING Thomas Hochholzer and Volker Schoeffl 2003 1st ed Paperback VG-Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Hochholzer, Thomas, Volker Schoeffl, Sam Lightner, Petzl
Price $14.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $35.00 (70%)
- Item # BK1982-6112
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAIN DAYS IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ALPS J. Hubert Walker 1937 1st US ed Hardcover No DJ Near Fine
By: Walker, J. Hubert
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $60.00, You Save $50.01 (83%)
- Item # OP1633A-135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
RED PEAK A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH SOVIET EXPEDITION 1962 1st UK edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Joe Brown and John Hunt
By: Slesser, Malcolm
Price $224.99 ~ Regular $350.00, You Save $125.01 (36%)
- Item # OP15AB-334
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WOLF MOUNTAIN Peter Lars Sandberg 1975 1st edition DJ
By: Sandberg, Peter Lars
Price $15.00
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart