The Alpenstock; Or, Sketches of Swiss Scenery and Manners, 1825-1826

General Books, 2013 - 106 Seiten
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. To breathe The difficult air of the iced mountain's top, Where the birds dare not build, nor insect's wing Flit o'er the herbless granite. July 19th.--I set off in the course of the afternoon to follow an unusual track towards the head of the Simmenthal, by avoiding the circumference of the semicircular course of the valley, and taking a direction as nearly coinciding with its diameter as possible. This route in the first instance pursues the valley of Diemtigen to its extremity; and after traversing an elevated ridge, separating it from the little vale of Fennel, follows the line of the latter, till it opens into the Ober-Simmenthal, at the village of Matten. My original purpose had been to commence my excursion with the ascent of the Mannlifluh, the highest point in these offsets from the central chain of the Berne Alps; but now felt little inclined to execute it, as the state of the weather was very far from favourable for such an undertaking. In my progress up the valley of Diemtigen I met with no object sufficiently uncommon to arrest my attention. The increasing dullness, and lowering appearance of the sky, as evening drew near, made me the less regret my altered plan of operations; and upon my arrival at Thiermatt, after a few hour's walk, I sat myself quietly down in the auberge of that small village to await the beginning of another day; with the determination to pursue my road straight over the Grimmi, towards the Ober-Simmenthal. This passage lies between Spielgartenfluh and the Rothihorn, two rocky summits of one of the numerous ridges diverging from the Mannlifluh. July 20th.--I quitted my night's shelter about five o'clock in the morning and directed my steps towards the head of the valley, about an hour's...

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