From the Publisher
In this edition we have reproduced the full 1899 text and illustrations, as corrected by G. W-Young in his personal copy. A true parody of the 'Alpine Guides' that started to appear around the turn of the century, this narrative schematic to the 'finest view in the college Alps' is informal, amusing, informative and inspiring as well as being sophisticated, erudite and very witty.
The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity is truly the first of its kind and the original example of the select literary niche that covers free climbing, buildering, and stegophily and now spreads into parkour, free-running and urban exploration. Oleander is pleased to be publishing The Roof-Climber's Guide to St John's, the 2nd (1930) and 3rd (1960) editions of The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity as well as Winthrop-Young's Wall and Roof Climbing.
About the Author
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young was the father of modern climbing and set new routes in the Alps, Lake District and Wales. A pacifist, he lost his leg whilst driving an ambulance in WWI but after the war continued to climb with an artificial leg and over the next few years reached the summits of the Matterhorn and Zinal Rothorn. He was president of the Climbers' Club and of the Alpine Club and it was through his efforts that the British Mountaineering Council was created in 1945.