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THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS. The grim terrors of the Swiss Alps have gradually faded under more intimate acquaintance, and travellers who enjoy nothing but the dangers of the unknown and the unforeseen have had to go further afield in search of adventures. In a recently published volume, "Climbs in the New Zealand Alps" (Fisher Unwin), there is to be found an exciting record of what befell Mr. FitzGerald’s party, of whom the well known Swiss guide, Mathias Zurbriggen, who had accompanied Sir Martin Conway to the Himalayas, was not the least important member. As those may remember who paid a visit to the recent exhibition of the original drawings—reproduced in Mr. FitzGerald’s book—the Alpine district of New Zealand is in the Southern Island, and although the height of the actual peaks falls short of some of the Swiss giants, the snow-fields and glaciers are far more extensive. Moreover, the total ignorance of the district, notwithstanding intermittent explorations of Mount Cook since 1862, makes mountaineering in New Zealand a very different matter from what it has become in Europe. Mount Sefton, Mount Tasman, and the Haidinger Glacier form one district of the New Zealand Alps which, from Mr. FitzGerald's graphic account, should suffice to cool the ardour of the ordinary climber. Their dangers, however, have to give way before the terrible tempests which render the ascent of Mount Cook so perilous, and which add considerably to the difficulties of the Fox and Eyre Glaciers. It was his descent from the summit of Mount Tasman that Mr. FitzGerald found himself in the awkward predicament shown by his friend Mr. A. D. McCormick-when a bridge of ice by which he hoped to traverse a wide crevasse suddenly gave way. He was in even a worse plight during his ascent of Mount Sefton, when he barely escaped from a fall of 2000 feet on to the Tuckett Glacier below; and the storm on the Silberhorn and elsewhere must have heightened the sense of danger and difficulty in a very appreciable degree. Mount Cook presents no special difficulties to a practiced climber if he will stick to the beaten track. This, however, did not suit Mr. Fitzgerald, who seems to have come upon some of the roughest work on the route he selected, to which, as a well-earned compliment, his name will hereafter be attached. The view, however, from FitzGerald’s Saddle gives a characteristic idea of the recesses and heights of the New Zealand Alps. 4.7.1896