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UBER FELS UND FIR VOL II WESTALPEN UND AßEREUROPAISCHE FAHRTEN Ludwig Purtscheller 1987 Alpine Klassiker edition Hardcover DJ Like New (First Ascent of Mount Kilimajaro)
By Purtscheller, Ludwig
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Munchen, Alpine Klassiker edition vol 8, 1987, 503 pages, with photos and with reproductions of artwork by E.T. Compton.  Includes his account of the first ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889, the highest mountain in Africa and an early ascent of Mount Elbrus in 1891, the highest mountain in Europe. Purtscheller may be the first person to climb more than one of the seven summits.  In German.  Hardcover, DJ like New.

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"Ludwig Purtscheller (October 6, 1849 – March 3, 1900) was an Austrian mountaineer and teacher.

Purtscheller pioneered climbing without a mountain guide, who in the 19th century did all the route finding and lead climbing. By the end of his life he had recorded climbing over 1,700 mountains. A celebrated climb was the traverse of the Mejie together with the Zigmondy brothers in 1885, which to this date is considered a classic alpine route. He is best known as the first European to ascend Kilimanjaro in 1889, together with the German mountaineer Hans Meyer.

After a descent of the Aigulle du Dru with G. Löwenbach and Jakob Oberhollenzer on August 25, 1899, an ice axe broke and the rope team fell into a bergschrund. Purtscheller was injured and he was transferred to a hospital in Geneva and later Bernn. After several months of recovery, he contracted pneumonia and died on the approximate date of his planned return home. In a eulogy, the American climber and mountain historian W.A.B. Coolidge called him "the greatest mountaineer who had ever lived.".


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