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In Mountaineering Holiday, Frank Smythe takes the reader on his 1939 summer mountaineering trip to the Alps. Arriving unfit and out of practice, he gets caught behind slow climbers and spends rainy days stuck in the valleys. His climbing experiences are instantly recognisable and strike a chord with anybody who enjoys the great outdoors. Smythe goes on to record a number of impressive ascents and historic climbs: Mont Tondu, the Aiguille de Bionnassay, the Brenva Face, and an ascent of the Innominata Ridge of Mont Blanc.