Virginia Woolf’s famously moody father, Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), was also an eminent Victorian mountaineer, making many significant first ascents in the European Alps in the 1860s. I’m a moody college writing instructor and Woolf scholar who took up Alpine mountaineering in my 30s. While writing a small monograph on Stephen (Leslie Stephen as Mountaineer, London: Cecil Woolf, 2010), I took his advice to “follow in my footsteps” literally. These blog posts are accounts of how I stumbled up his routes on Mont Blanc, the Rimpfischorn, the Schreckhorn (partially), the Jungfrau, and others between 2007 and 2011.
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