NEWS - Vallée des Merveilles in the Alpine Journal

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

alpine club logoThis article by Johanna Merz appeared in the Alpine Journal of 16 Jul 2010. We have not referred to it previously in Clarence Bicknell web pages so I thought it would be interesting for members to see the article in full. You can download the pdf here. What's the link with the Alpine Club other than the Merveilles being in the Alps? I quote from this article... "Back in London I discovered that Clarence Bicknell came from a family of mountain lovers. His brother, Raymond, a keen mountaineer, was Vice-President ofthe Alpine Club from 1926 until his death in a climbing accident the following year. Some of us will remember Raymond Bicknell's son Peter, whose application for AC membership was backed by famous names like Claude Elliott and E L Strutt. Peter and his brother Claud were taken on holiday to Grindelwald by their father in 1924 and both became prominent mountaineers. Peter wrote several articles for the Alpine Journal, such as 'Wordsworth and the Alps' with Janet Adam Smith in the 1992 volume." All true except a minor detail. My grand-father Raymond was Clarence's nephew; Raymond (1875-1927) was one of many children of Percy Bicknell (1836-1911), Clarence's brother.

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