Over Tyrolese Hills, by F. S. Smythe. xv + 297 pages, with illustrations, map and index. London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. In the summer of 1935, as a preliminary to a more arduous Himalayan journey, the author, accompanied by a Canadian, Campbell Secord, walked and climbed across Tyrol. They began in the Silvretta and ended at the Gross Venediger, visiting the Oetzthal, Stubai and Zillerthal areas, and enjoying it all immensely. And so they should, for Tyrol is the country for wandering, in the sense of Martin Conway’s Alps from End to End, and as Tuckett, John Ball and others were accustomed to travel. Passes are crossed and peaks traversed, the people are kindly and the scenery is incomparable. The author describes it entertainingly, adding useful information and much sensible opinion.
One should note the beautiful pictures, but the author forgets that crossing from the Zillergrund to the Krimmler Tauernhaus brings one out of Tyrol into Salzburg, and that the Venediger is in the latter province. Incidentally, the Venediger does not take its name from any fancied view of Venice from its summit, impossible with the Dolomites intervening, but from the fact that in olden time it stood on the boundary of Görz, once possessed by the Veneti—although never by Venice.
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