Latrobe was an excellent mountaineer, and made some important ascents in Switzerland in 1824-1826.
"Jim" Bridger, a famous mountaineer and scout, saw the lake in 1824, apparently before any other white man.
imparted a self-reliant enthusiasm to his countrymen, formed them into an army, and organized them as a political community; his mountaineer infantry, though limited in numbers, proved desperately courageous; his cavalry was daring and ubiquitous.
At least one of the victims was an experienced mountaineer.
After imposing these harsh terms on his enemy, the conqueror might naturally have shown clemency to the Tirolese leader, Andreas Hofer; but that brave mountaineer, when betrayed by a friend, was sentenced to death at Mantua owing to the arrival of a special message to that effect from Napoleon.