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 #: OP231-147p
CLIMBS IN THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF TRAVEL AND DISCOVERY Edward Fitzgerald 1896 1st US ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price: $250.00

List Price: $375.00
You Save $125.00 (33%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

New York, 1896, 1st US edition. 363 pp, 46 b/w plates, map in pocket. TEG, Uncut. Royal 8vo. Large gold cloth hardcover with leather title patches on spine. Patches are scuffed and book has some foxing and a cracked front hinge. Near Fine.

This heavy book will require extra postage for Priority Mail and International Mail.

Although three New Zealanders beat Fitzgerald to the first ascent of Mt. Cook, he and his guide Zurbriggen did the second ascent, and other first ascents. 

The scarce and fascinating early account of mountaineering in the mountains of New Zealand. Edward Arthur Fitzgerald (1871-1931) was a British soldier and mountaineer, who led important expeditions to New Zealand and South America, and accompanied Martin Conway on parts of his 1894 tour through the Alps. The light-hearted style used in writing about his New Zealand adventures met with much critical disapproval from New Zealander mountaineers.

In his Preface, the author states: 'The pages I am about to lay before the public contain the simple record of a journey of adventure, undertaken with a definite purpose...I went out to climb and to explore.' He had become interested in the mountains of New Zealand for two reasons: 'Partly because of the many unsuccessful attempts that had been made to ascend Mount Cook, their highest peak, and partly because I knew that a long, and so far fruitless, search had been instituted under the auspices of the Government Survey Department with the object of discovering some passage across the Southern alps to the West coast.'

He states that 'I have not aimed at a picturesque account of varied travel. I went out to climb and explore.' The author acknowledges the assistance of other writers and his illustrators: C. Barrow wrote the chapter on the ascent of Mount Sealy, Miss Walpole wrote the opening poem, and a trio of artists helped interpret the 'spirit of Alpine adventure and peril' - Pennell, McCormick, and Willink. McCormick is known for his illustrations in 'Himalayas' and 'Alps from End to End' by Sir Martin Conway.

From the Preface: '...That the settled and fertile colony of New Zealand should have still afforded virgin peaks to scale, that new passes were yet to be discovered and new valleys to be traversed - this may indeed surprise those of my readers who have no especial knowledge of the conditions and features of the Southern Island. How many of us have ever realized the existence of that vast range of Alps, of those glaciers surpassing the greatest in Switzerland, of those noble peaks whose crags re-echo to the thunder of almost perpetual avalanches?

'From the time when first my attention was directed to a region so insufficiently explored, I felt attracted by the hope that I might in some measure contribute towards the work of opening it up to future generations of Alpine climbers. How far these hopes were actually realized I leave the reader of the following pages to determine...'

Contents include: Leave Colombo; Leave Fairlie Creek; Mackenzie country; Camp at the Hermitage; Mount Sefton; Alpine climber's diet; Crossing the Hooker; Hochstetter bivouac; Start for Tasman; First glimpse of Sealy; Another attempt on Sefton; Pukaki; Return to Hermitage; Sunrise on Mount Tasman; Summit of Tasman; First view of Westland; Sefton bivouac; Goldwashing; Fox Glacier; Mount Gaskell; On the Eyre Glacier; Last look at Mount Cook; Summit of Cook; Appendices: Rock specimens from New Zealand Alps, Flora of Southern Alps, Birds, Equipment for climbing, and trout; Index.

First attempt

New Zealand mountaineering in the European alpine tradition began in 1882. A visiting Irishman, Reverend William Green, and two Swiss, Emil Boss and Ulrich Kaufmann, discovered the Linda Glacier route on Aoraki/Mt Cook but turned back less than 60 metres from the summit. It was a remarkable achievement.

Irishman William Green and his friends spent their first night out in the mountains high on Aoraki/Mt Cook. During the long, rain-soaked night his mates, whose tobacco was stowed far below, sucked at their pipes and by sheer force of imagination, enjoyed several good smokes. Green, and Edward FitzGerald after him, were representative of many European climbers who, from the late 1860s, attempted unclimbed peaks in ranges all over the world.

The first accommodation house near Aoraki/Mt Cook, known as the Hermitage, was built in 1884. This made attempting the high peaks easier, and New Zealanders began to take on the challenge. Guy Mannering was the first to take up climbing as recreation, and made his first attempt on the mountain in 1886. In 1890, with Marmaduke Dixon, he repeated William Greens near success.

Also making early attempts on the peak were the Dunedin brothers Malcolm and Kenneth Ross, and A. P. Harper, who returned to New Zealand in 1889 after two seasons of climbing in the European Alps. Three young men who worked at the Hermitage, Tom Fyfe, George Graham and Jack Clarke, began climbing on their days off.

From 1884 to 1894, this small group of men brought New Zealand climbing into existence. The tradition of self-taught climbers, carrying in swags to set up alpine camps, and finding routes without the help of guides or guidebooks, is the main strand in the countrys climbing history.

The first ascent

At the end of 1894 the New Zealanders trying to climb Aoraki/Mt Cook learned that an English climber, Edward FitzGerald, was coming to claim the prize. The local group were determined the summit would be first reached by a New Zealand party, without the help of a guide.

In late 1894 Fyfe, Graham, Kenneth Ross and Dixon climbed onto the ice cap up the Linda Glacier, but failed to complete the ascent. Fyfe, Graham and Jack Clarke then turned their attention to the Hooker side of the mountain. On 20 December they climbed the Middle Peak, but the High Peak eluded them.

Finally, on Christmas Day, the trio of New Zealand climbers reached the summit, up the North Ridge. The route was not repeated until the 100th ascent of the mountain in 1955.

Christmas triumph

Tom Fyfe recorded the moment the summit of Aoraki/Mt Cook was reached for the first time: [T]he reckless way inwhich we romped over those last rocks was very fool-hardy, but one would indeed need to be phlegmatic not to get a little excited on such an occasion. The slope of the final ice-cap was easy and only required about 100 steps at 1.30 on Christmas Day we exultantly stepped onto the highest pinnacle of the monarch of the Southern Alps.

FitzGerald, piqued, refused to attempt Aoraki/Mt Cook, but he and his Italian guide, Matthias Zurbriggen, climbed Mts Tasman, Silberhorn, Sefton, Haidinger and Sealy. In March 1895, Zurbriggen made the first solo ascent of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Other early climbs in the central Southern Alps

Significant ascents in the central Alps had already been made. In 1883, Robert and Anna von Lendenfeld climbed Hochstetter Dome, the first ascent of a major peak in the central Alps. Fyfe and Graham climbed The Footstool and Mt De La Beche, and Fyfe and Clarke climbed Mt Darwin. Most impressively of all, Fyfe made a solo ascent of the north face of Malte Brun.

Early equipment

From the start, New Zealand climbers had the use of ice-axes, nailed boots, ropes and goggles, some secured from Europe with the help of William Green, but some improvised locally. When Mannering was preparing for an attempt on Aoraki/Mt Cook in 1886, he reported that ice-axes of excellent design and finish had been turned out by a Rangiora smith which were found to answer admirably on the mountain.

Above from TEARA website.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
CLIMBS IN THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF TRAVEL AND DISCOVERY Edward A. Fitzgerald 1896 1st UK ed Hardcover Very Good
By: Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price $324.99 ~ Regular $650.00, You Save $325.01 (50%)
- Item # OP231-792p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE UNEXPLORED REGIONS OF THE HIGH SIERRA Theodore S. Solomons 1896-1897 5 Overland Monthly Facsimile Articles Fine
By: Solomons, Theodore S.
Price $20.00 ~ Regular $55.00, You Save $35.00 (64%)
- Item # OP7706-144
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FUHRER FUR LUZERN, VIERWALDSTATTERSEE UND UMGEBUNG [GUIDE TO LUCERNE AND LAKE LUCERNE REGION] J.C. Heer 1896 5th ed Softcover Good
By: Heer, Jakob Christoph
Price $9.00 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $90.95 (91%)
- Item # OP7350-286
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
OUT OF THE NOOSPHERE: ADVENTURE, SPORTS, TRAVEL, AND THE ENVIRONMENT 1998 Paperback New 2 Copies Available
By: Outside Magazine (The Editors Of)
Price $2.95 ~ Regular $15.00, You Save $12.05 (80%)
- Item # BK5848-8362
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FROM THE DEEP OF THE SEA: AN EPIC OF THE ARCTIC Charles Edward Smith 1977 Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Smith, Charles Edward
Price $30.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $10.00 (25%)
- Item # PL7578-162
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HIGHEST ANDES: A RECORD OF THE FIRST ASCENT OF ACONCAGUA AND TUPUNGATO IN ARGENTINA, AND THE SURROUNDING VALLEYS Edward A. Fitzgerald 1899 1st US ed Hardcover Near Fine 3 copies available
By: Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $350.00 (70%)
- Item # OP230A-1793p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ROCKIES OF CANADA: A REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION OF CAMPING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Walter Dwight Wilcox 1909 3rd ed No DJ Near Fine
By: Wilcox, Walter
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $175.00, You Save $135.01 (77%)
- Item # OP1387-162
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE MOUNTAINS Stewart Edward White 1906 1st US ed Hardcover Very Good
By: White, Stewart Edward
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $5.01 (20%)
- Item # OP2109A-498
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HIGHEST ANDES: A RECORD OF THE FIRST ASCENT OF ACONCAGUA AND TUPUNGATO IN ARGENTINA, AND THE SURROUNDING VALLEYS Edward A. Fitzgerald 1899 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price $250.00 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $250.00 (50%)
- Item # OP230B-179p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE NORTON BOOK OF TRAVEL Paul Fussell 1987 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Fussell, Paul (Editor)
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $89.96 (90%)
- Item # PL6726-167
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HIGHEST ANDES: A RECORD OF THE FIRST ASCENT OF ACONCAGUA AND TUPUNGATO IN ARGENTINA, AND THE SURROUNDING VALLEYS Edward A. Fitzgerald 1899 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price $250.00 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $250.00 (50%)
- Item # OP230B-179p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBS IN THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF TRAVEL AND DISCOVERY Edward A. Fitzgerald 1896 1st UK ed Hardcover Very Good
By: Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price $324.99 ~ Regular $650.00, You Save $325.01 (50%)
- Item # OP231-792p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HIGHEST ANDES: A RECORD OF THE FIRST ASCENT OF ACONCAGUA AND TUPUNGATO IN ARGENTINA, AND THE SURROUNDING VALLEYS Edward A. Fitzgerald 1899 1st US ed Hardcover Near Fine 3 copies available
By: Fitzgerald, Edward A.
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $350.00 (70%)
- Item # OP230A-1793p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ROCK 'N ROAD: ROCK CLIMBING AREAS OF NORTH AMERICA Tim Toula 1995 1st ed Softcover Very Good [Not Signed]
By: Toula, Tim
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $20.01 (67%)
- Item # BK1569A-103p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST: ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FIRST ASCENT George Lowe 2013 1st ed Hardcover DJ Multiple copies available
By: Lowe, George, and Huw Lewis-Jones
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $39.95, You Save $9.96 (25%)
- Item # BK4239A-1553
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SIERRA CLUB BULLETIN VOL. XLVII NO. 9 December 1962 Softcover Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Sierra Club
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $10.00, You Save $5.00 (50%)
- Item # JR489-13610
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE RUCKSACK CLUB JOURNAL 1911-1950 As available (Not a set) Good-Near Fine $5 - $20
By: Rucksack Club Individual Back Issues
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $10.00, You Save $5.00 (50%)
- Item # JR308-121
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
OFF THE BEATEN PATH: TALES FROM THE ADVENTURERS' CLUB VOL. 2 2010 Softcover Fine
By: Odier, Pierre (Editor) Adventurers' Club
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.00 (75%)
- Item # BK7820-108
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BHUTAN HIMALAYA (Tibet) 1:500,000 Fine
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $15.00, You Save $5.05 (34%)
- Item # MP304-133
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MURDER AT THE ABA: A PUZZLE IN FOUR DAYS AND SIXTY SCENES [Novel] Isaac Asimov 1976 Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Asimov, Isaac
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $15.00, You Save $5.00 (33%)
- Item # OP7875-1065
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FINNISH NEPAL TOPO MAP #4 JANAK HIMAL Near Fine 5 Copies Available
By: Nepal Topo Map
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $14.96 (75%)
- Item # MP123-1335
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAINS AND A SHORE: A JOURNEY TROUGH SOUTHERN TURKEY Michael Pereira 1966 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Pereira, Michael
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP2837-560
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THIS GAME OF GHOSTS 1993 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Joe Simpson
By: Simpson, Joe
Price $49.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $101.00 (67%)
- Item # BK1442C-523
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
偽物ブランド ブランドルイヴィトンコピー