Tag Archives: Edward Whymper

Triumph and Tragedy

Today, 14 July 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn – the iconic unmistakable mountain that dominates Zermatt and has made that resort famous across the world and brought it extraordinary wealth. The mid-nineteenth century … Continue reading

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Old Zermatt

Until the mid 19th century Zermatt was a poor rural village whose inhabitants earned a scarce living working the land. Visitors were rare. Then the Alps were discovered by intrepid explorers and the upper classes, and one by one the … Continue reading

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Edward Whymper – a portrait of the climber as a young man

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 … Continue reading

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Whymper, the Matterhorn, and the Monte Rosa Hotel

Here’s a question: What is the link between Edward Whymper, the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa Hotel? If you’re knowledgeable about the history of Alpine Mountaineering or have been to the Alps then you probably know Edward Whymper made the … Continue reading

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