First ascent - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Air

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Ried: Zermatt

Ried: Zermatt

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt: Klein Matterhorn

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Stafel: Zermatt, Matterhorn

Stafel: Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt › Süd-West: Zermatt Matterhorn

Zermatt › Süd-West: Zermatt Matterhorn

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Hotel La Couronne - Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Hotel La Couronne - Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg (2)

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg (2)

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Zermatt: Gornergrat

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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