First ascent - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt: Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt: Aroleid

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt › Süd-West: Zermatt Matterhorn

Zermatt › Süd-West: Zermatt Matterhorn

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Ried: Zermatt

Ried: Zermatt

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Stafel: Matterhorn

Stafel: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Kirche

"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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