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    Irish Victorian Mountaineers

    Irish Victorian Mountaineers

      'Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.' Sombre words there from Edward Whymper, the first man to climb the Matterhorn in 1865. It was a triumphant ascent – but a tragic descent as four of his party were killed on the way down. The Golden Age of Alpine Mountaineering ran from 1854 to 1865 and what might come as a surprise ...


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