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    In Search of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers

    In Search of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers

    Mountaineering may seem like a relatively modern sport… with oxygen bottles, light weight thermal clothing and safety gadgets and communication devices… But in many ways the 19th century is considered the golden age of Alpine climbing … with several Irish men… and one remarkable Irish woman among the pioneers during the period that all the major alpine peaks were climbed for the first time. A new book, In Search Of Peaks Passes and Glaciers, highlights the lives of these Irish Alpine pioneers and its author and mountaineer, Frank Nugent joined Sean this morning.
    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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