First ascent - Matterhorn

Air Zermatt 2

Air Zermatt 2

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Weisshorn

Weisshorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Kirche

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Air Zermatt

Air Zermatt

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Findeln

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Gornergletscher

Gornergletscher

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

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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