I can’t resist posting another image from Zermatt. 2 days ago I posted an image of a five-mile section of ‘The Frontier Ridge’. Click here to read that Post and understand the context of today’s Post.
Turn clockwise through nearly 180degrees and your eye will irresistibly rest on the Matterhorn. An improbable pyramid of rock that has made Zermatt its fortune. A mountain that dominates the landscape and is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. It’s also a peak that I have been privileged to stand on the top of – many years ago.
That mighty Frontier Ridge from the previous post – marking the Swiss/Italian border – curves around and goes straight over the summit of the Matterhorn. In fact the Matterhorn has a Swiss Summit and an Italian Summit separated by a narrow horizontal arête of about 25yards.
The Matterhorn has a mood for every day of the year, sometimes several moods in a day. It’s a cloud magnet, there are days when the mountain steams and smokes. Especially after a storm has passed through, clouds and mist will wreathe the mountain making it a mysterious object of desire. The image you see here is actually a summer image on a day when the mountain looks far from sunny. But it’s on a day like this that the Mountain is perhaps at its most majestic and formidable.