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ASCENT: OF THE INVENTION OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBING & ITS PRACTICE Jeremy Bernstein 1989 rev ed Paperback Fine
By Bernstein, Jeremy
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1989, revised edition. 124 pp, photos. The early history of Alpine climbing is delightfully told, plus Bernstein's own experiences. Well written. Paperback, VG-Fine.

'This book is a superb account of mountaineering in the Alps -- its history and its continuing fascination. Mr. Bernstein begins by describing the birth of Alpinism, with de Saussure's dream of climbing Mont Blanc and the first successful assault on it by the French climber Dr. Paccard and his guide Balmat.
 
The book then tells of the golden age of mountaineering in the Alps -- the time of the great English climbers: Whymper, who won the race for the summit of the Matterhorn in 1865, and Mummery, who conquered the Grepon fifteen years latter. Finally, Mr. Bernstein turns to modern climbing and its methods and tells his own experiences in the Alps with the extraordinary guides of Chamonix.
 
Ascent is a vivid presentation of the world of Alpinism. For the non-mountaineer it will serve as a concise introduction to the history and special appeal of this sport; and it will delight those who already know the excitements of mountaineering.'

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