Tag Archives: Matterhorn

From the ground looking up

Two days ago we looked down from a chair lift in Flying Uphill. Today we look up at the chairs and their riders as they fly overhead. It’s an opportunity to see the chairs and the views in a single … Continue reading

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Base Camp Matterhorn

Next year – 2015 – is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Zermatt is already publicizing this special anniversary, and the preparations include a grand re-opening of a refurbished Hörnli Hut that is situated at the … Continue reading

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Just Now

Hot off the press – a few minutes ago. The classic view of the Matterhorn. So much snow. This is what it normally looks like in Winter, not what one expects in summer. But whatever the season, the Matterhorn is … Continue reading

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The High Point

The high point of a trip to Zermatt, physically and visually, summer or winter, is a cable car trip to the top of Klein Matterhorn (3883m or 12,740ft). In Summer this is the starting point for climbs of the Breithorn, … Continue reading

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The Italian View

The classic view of the Matterhorn is the one seen from Zermatt. That is indisputably the iconic view. Today I skied over into Italy and down towards Cervinia on another fantastic blue-sky day. The Matterhorn looks very different from Italy. … Continue reading

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Mountain of Mystery

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 … 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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Inescapable

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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Three moods in three hours

The title says it all – in the mountains the weather can change quite dramatically, rapidly. It was Day I on the ski slopes here in Zermatt. We arrived after dark on Sat night and when I emerged from under … Continue reading

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The Theodul Pass Zermatt

A foggy frosty morning here in the UK, and a very cold misty day high above Zermatt at the Theodul Pass when this image was taken last winter. Theodul is on the Swiss-Italian border and an important link between the … Continue reading

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