Super AlpineSuper Alpine

Scrambles Amongst the Alps

by Edward Whymper


  1. Introductory
  2. The Ascent of Mont Pelvoux
  3. The Mont Cenis - The Fell Railway
  4. My First Scramble on the Matterhorn
  5. Renewed Attempts to Ascend the Matterhorn
  6. The Val Tournanche - the Breuiljoch Zermatt - Ascent of the Grand Tournalin
  7. Our Sixth Attempt to Ascend the Matterhorn
  8. From St. Michel to La Bérarde on the Mont Cenis road by the Col des Aiguilles d’Arvess, Col de Martignare and the Brèche de la Meije
  9. The Ascent of the Pointe des Écrins
  10. From Val Louise to La Bérarde by the Col de la Pilatte
  11. Passage of the Col de Triolet and Ascents of Mont Dolent, Aiguille de Tré-la-Tête and Aiguille d'Argentière
  12. The Moming pass - Zermatt
  13. The Ascent of the Grand Cornier
  14. The Ascent of the Dent Blanche
  15. Lost on the Col d'Hérens My Seventh Attempt to Ascend the Matterhorn
  16. Valley of Aosta and Ascent of the Grandes Jorasses
  17. The Col Dolent
  18. Ascent of the Aiguille Verte
  19. The Col de Talèfre
  20. Ascent of the Ruinette The Matterhorn
  21. The Ascent of the Matterhorn
  22. Descent of the Matterhorn
  23. Appendix
About this version

Scrambles Amongst the Alps describes the nine years from 1860 to 1869 that Edward Whymper spent climbing in the Alps. Whymper made dozens of first ascents and acquired a reputation as one of the best in the field of alpine mountaineering. Whymper made seven attempts at summiting mountaineering's Holy Grail of the time - the Matterhorn. He succeeded on his eighth attempt becoming the first to reach its peak. This success came at a terrible cost, as four of his companions fell to their deaths on the descent. It was a tragedy that would cast a shadow over the remainder of his life.

Edward Whymper was an English mountaineer, explorer, illustrator, and author. Whymper also made first ascents on the Mont-Blanc massif and in the Pennine Alps, Chimborazo in South America, and the Canadian Rockies. His exploration of Greenland contributed to an advance in Arctic exploration. Edward Whymper died on the 16th September 1911 aged 71 in Chamonix Mont-Blanc and was buried in the Chemin du Biolay Cemetary.

This version of Scrambles Amongst the Alps contains minor modern spelling revisions and a simplification of structure. It is based on the original text by Edward Whymper that is available in the public domain.

Free eBook

Get a free eBook of Scrambles Amongst the Alps on Apple books