First ascent - Matterhorn

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Air Zermatt

Air Zermatt

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Kirche

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Gornergletscher

Gornergletscher

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Air Zermatt 2

Air Zermatt 2

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Weisshorn

Weisshorn

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

"The gradient decreased and we could finally unfasten ourselves, and Croz and I started a neck-and-neck race. At a quarter to two o’clock the world lay at our feet, and the Matterhorn was conquered. Hurrah! Not a single footstep of our Italian rivals could be seen.” This is what Edward Whymper wrote in his diary.

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That’s it, the most famous first-ascent, on July 14, 1865, in the words of the man, who has spurred them on with enormous ambition and risk to life and limb. The Briton Edward Whymper (1840–1911) makes nine attempts on the Matterhorn (4477.5m), the mighty and seemingly inaccessible obelisk on the Swiss-Italian border, at the back of the Matter Valley.

With the conquest of the Matterhorn by Whymper & Co., the so-called Golden Age of Alpinism comes to an end. This era, in which many of the highest Alpine peaks are climbed for the first time, began on August 1, 1855 with the first ascent of the Dufour Summit (4634 m).

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