Outline Sketches in the High Alps of Dauphiné

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Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1865 - Alps - 52 pages
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Page xv - Off this, everything is of the poorest kind; fresh meat can only be obtained at rare intervals, the bread and wine are equally sour; the auberges filthy, and the beds entomological vivaria. It is hardly possible to conceive the squalid misery in which the people live ; their dark dismal huts swarming with flies, fleas and other vermin; the broom, the mop and the...
Page 9 - Evening drew on, and one by one my companions retired into the * These observations gave a height of seven thousand three hundred and eighty-one feet above the level of the sea for our cabane. cave, but not fancying the look of it, I stopped outside as long as possible. It was a strange wild scene — overhead hung the crags of the Pelvoux, splintered into flame-like points ; from their feet sloped down vast banks of fallen blocks overgrown with serpent-like branches of old junipers, and broken here...
Page xv - It is hardly possible to conceive the squalid misery in which the people live ; their dark dismal huts swarming with flies, fleas, and other vermin ; the broom, the mop, and the scrubbing-brush are unknown luxuries ; the bones and refuse of a meal are flung upon the floor to be gnawed by the dogs, and are left there to form an osseous breccia.
Page xvii - I think, admit that there is a charm in novelty, and that a certain zest is given to the pleasure derived from the beauties of nature by the knowledge that they have been seldom or never seen by others.
Page 5 - Fowls and goats, pigs and people, occupy harmoniously the squalid huts, and the cows are as well lodged as their masters.
Page xiv - A good digestion and an insectproof skin are indispensable requisites to any one wishing to explore comfortably the less frequented districts.
Page vi - Hence the book will chiefly be useful to those who, like myself, are never quite contented with an Alpine view, however beautiful, until they are able to identify every summit in it.
Page 48 - The Val de St. Christophe and the Col de Sais, by TG Bonney; The Col de la Selle from La Grave to St. Christophe, by FE Blackstqne; The ascent of Mont Pelvoux, by E.
Page xi - There are four mountains between 14,000ft. and 13,000ft. and seventeen between 13,000 ft. and 12,000ft.; fourteen passes exceeding 10,000ft. have already been discovered, and its glaciers, including those of the second order, are more than one hundred.
Page 2 - The road winds amidst huge blocks piled pell-mell one on another, the torrent frets and roars among them far below, while...

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