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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

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