desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge
"Desert" here means "of the wilderness" (cf. III:3:1 and note). This account, then, exactly fulfills the prescription innocently thought by Victor as he approached the alpine range, that these mountains might be "the habitations of another race of beings" (II:1:12). Since Mont Blanc was first scaled only in 1786, the fact that the Creature has taken up his abode there indicates just how superior to conventional human endurance Victor has made him.