Whymper’s name is indelibly intertwined with Zermatt and The Matterhorn as a result of his part in the tragic first ascent of the mountain in 1865. I have already written at length about Whymper and his links with Zermatt in ‘Whymper, the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa Hotel’. Click on the link if you are interested in knowing more.
Directly opposite the famous Monte Rosa Hotel where Whymper stayed, on the edge of the grounds of the Zermatterhof Hotel, stands a glass panel commemorating Whymper.
This is a portrait of Whymper as a young man, a very young man you might think when you look at the image. But it may surprise you to know that Whymper was only 25 when he succeeded in his ascent of the Matterhorn – and before that he had made a considerable number of first ascents of other Alpine peaks in the previous 5 years.
I tried to capture this image last summer but failed. Since then the panel appears to have been cleaned and I think also that the rather stark background – due to winter – has helped to isolate this image from what in summer can be an all too bright and colourful background.