First ascent - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Ried: Zermatt

Ried: Zermatt

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Stafel: Matterhorn

Stafel: Matterhorn

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt: 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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