Tag Archives: Hornli Ridge

Matterhorn East Face

The Matterhorn is remarkable in many ways. One in particular is how its shape changes so dramatically with a relatively small change in one’s position. From Zermatt it shows a beautiful symmetry as in the image re-shown below. The traditional … Continue reading

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Monte Cervino (in Italian), Mont Cervin (French), The Matterhorn (German and English). It stands astride the Swiss/Italian frontier – it even has a Swiss and an Italian summit. It’s almost universally visible, the most prominent feature from the Zermatt valley … Continue reading

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The faces of a mountain

I’m in Zermatt for a week’s skiing. To avoid having my laptop confiscated by my wife(!), time spent writing posts, and viewing blogs will be limited, so posts this week will of necessity be brief. And I apologize for the … 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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