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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 9 (December 1, 1938)


The exploration of the alpine valleys and magnificent glacier systems of our mountain ranges, apart from the enrichment of science, has yielded much of interest to every lover of nature. Likewise, ever since the pioneering days of Sir Julius von Haast in the ‘sixties, and the stirring achievements of men like G. E. Mannering, A. P. Harper, C. E. Douglas and the Graham Brothers in the ‘nineties, there has been a steadily growing interest in the mountain regions as a field of sport.

During the past ten years, mainly due to the advent of mountaineering, tramping and ski-ing clubs, more people have visited the alpine playgrounds than ever before, and it is safe to say that, with expanding transport facilities, the call of the mountains will be heard by ever-increasing numbers.