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My Trip Abroad 1909: John Radford Abbot’s Diary: August 26 – 27

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Drawing of the train at Martigny by John Radford Abbot

Drawing of the train at Martigny, by John Radford Abbot

Thursday, August 26

Zermatt, Visp, Chamonix(?)

Left Zermatt at 11 o’clock. It rained off and on all day. However, we had a very nice ride to Visp with occasional view of the Breithorn. We got our wonderful complé at Visp. it was a corker. Left Visp at 2:13 and arrived at Martigny(?) where we changed into the electric road for Chamonix(?). It was a wonderful ride, although the views were shoded(?) by the rain. We rose 2,000 ft. in 2 miles. We changed time at Chatelard 1 hour. No customs. Got to Chamonix(?) at 7:48 and went to the Central Hotel. Walked round the town in the evening. Punk(?) weather.

Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France

Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France

Friday, August 27

Chamonix (Merde Glace)

Very poor weather. Clouds low although we did get a view of Mont Blanc from our window through a rift in the clouds. It is a beautiful mt. We set out for the Mer de Glace about 9:30. It took us not quite 2 hours to get to Montenvert(?). When we got there everything was in the clouds.We climbed higher up the mt. but could not get above the clouds. When we descended again we found that the clouds had lifted from the glacier and we got a good view of that. We walked across the glacier in about half an hour. It is literally a sea of ice, with great crevasses. It was bully short crossing it. On the other side we descended a steep rocky path, the last part called the Mauvais(?) Pas, where the path descends along the face of a cliff and iron rails are used, to the Chapeau, a little but with a good view of the Mer de Glace from there it took us an hour and 10 minutes to descend to Chamonix. It began to rain before we got there and we got pretty wet. We got lunch at the hotel at 3 o’clock and spent the afternoon doing the town, buying post cards etc. After dinner we went to a moving picture show of the ascent if Mt. Blanc, etc. It was corking.

Drawing of Aiguille du Dru in the Chamonix Valley, by John Radford Abbot

Drawing of Aiguille du Dru, part of the Mont Blanc massif, by John Radford Abbot


My Trip Abroad 1909: John Radford Abbot’s Diary: August 22 – 23

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
View of Gornergrat, a ridge of the Pennine Alps, offering views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and other peaks

View from Gornergrat (Gormergrat in transcription), a ridge of the Pennine Alps, offering views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and other peaks

Sunday, August 22

Stresa, Visp, Zermatt.

We left Stresa on the 8:45 train on a pouring rain. The rain was good for travelling as there was no dust or dirt. This is the first real rainy day we have had on the continent. It was a very slightly ride to Visp through the great Simplon(?) tunnel, 12¼ miles. Had a wonderful complé at Visp, the best yet, but we had to leave at 12:40 to catch the train for Zermatt. It is one of the best scenic roads in the world on a clear day, but we couldn’t see much on account of the rain. We got to Zermatt at 3 and walked the whole length of the town to the Pension dis Alps, a dandy little place. We are living in Pension for 6½ francs a day. The rain stopped when we got there and a little later, about 5 o’clock. the clouds lifted a little and we could see the best part of the Matterhorn. The clouds settled down again in a few minute however. We walked around the town till 7 o’clock and then went back to the hotel for dinner, a corking dinner. Zermatt is a very attractive little town, especially at night when the guides are all around. The shops are very fascinating, especially wood carving and post-cards. We went to bed fairly early.

Sketch of Monte Rosa by John Radford Abbot

Drawing of Monte Rosa, by John Radford Abbot

Monday, August 23

Zermatt (Gormergrat(?))

Beautiful day with only a few light clouds in the sky. We spent the whole A.M. fooling round the town and buying post cards etc. After an early dinner we started off about 2 o’clock to climb the Gormergrat(?), 10,000 ft. our highest mountain yet. It was a good stiff 3 hours walk to the top on a good steep path. About 3 inches of snow had fallen Sunday and the hot sun had melted it so the walking was fierce. The view from the top on a clear day is considered the finest in Switzerland. The clouds hid the Matterhorn and other peaks on the north and east, but we got a splendid view of Monte Rosa, Lyskamn(?) and the Breithorn. We spent about an hour on top and then started to descend. About 15 minutes later the clouds cleared off and we got a view of the Matterhorn and all the other peaks so that we did not lose the panorama view after all. It is a wonderful view all right. We came down in about an hour and a half. Got supper at the hotel and walked about the town till bedtime. Bought postals etc. and talked with André, an old guide about climbing the Rimpfischhorn(?).

Drawing of the north face of Mont Cervin (known as the Matterhorn), by John Radford Abbot

Drawing of the north face of Mont Cervin (known as the Matterhorn), by John Radford Abbot