First ascent - Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Wallis, Schweiz

Zermatt - Wallis, Schweiz

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Air Zermatt - Heliport

Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Ried

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Air Zermatt

Air Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt, Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt, Edelweiss

Zermatt, Edelweiss

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Weisshorn

Weisshorn

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

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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