National Geographic : 1934 Aug
Photograph by Miriam O'Brien Underhill LADY CLIMBERS HAIL THIS AS FASHIONABLE WEAR The heavy 12-point crampon designed by Grivel, of Courmayeur, Italy, lessens slipping on steep ice climbs. Iron spikes on a steel framework are hand-forged to fit the boot, and the device is fastened on by webbing or leather straps. Because her companion forgot her crampons, the author's climb on the Monch was difficult (see page 155). On ascents over mixed ice and rock, a model without the two front prongs must be used. ©Donald McLeish SWISS ALPINE CLUBHUTS ARE CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE Built high on the mountain sides, they enable climbers tomake ascents and get back without sleeping intheopen; but quarters may becrowded. Jessie Whitehead loved toshock her friends bytelling them sheslept in a tiny Alpine hut next toayoung man who kicked her all night. The braided rope hanging from the rafters isnotconsidered good equipment nowadays and the ice ax istoolong.