Alpe, Neige, Roc 1981, edited by Charles Spillmann. Lausanne: Librairie Marguerat, 1961. 160 pages text, 94 ills., including double-spreads and fold-outs.
This excellent publication, which appears in German, French and Italian, contains short articles by well known mountaineers on different facets of the mountain world. Gaston Rébuffat (France) has a charming description of a race with the sun to a summit. Emile Gos (Switzerland) gives the career of the great St. Niklaus guide, Joseph Knubel; Jean-Jacques Weigle (Switzerland) writes the obituary of Francis Marullaz. Roger Bretton (France) tells of gold miners in the Peruvian Andes; Loulou Boulaz (Switzerland) describes the ill-starred women’s expedition to Cho Oyu; Francè Avcin (Yugoslavia) recalls a hair-raising experience on the Dent du Requin. Lothar Brandler (Germany) writes about his native Saxon Switzerland and Ruedi Schatz (Switzerland) about little known climbs in the Säntis, Churfirsten and Scesaplana districts of eastern Switzerland. The United States is well represented. Robert Bates contributes an excellent survey of the Fairweather Range in Alaska and Henry Francis an equally interesting article on the mountains of Antarctica. The photography is superb throughout; in fact it could be said to be the major attraction of this delightful volume.