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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Matterhorn

Matterhorn

75th Anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn North Face

One of the world’s most famous mountains is the Matterhorn (4,478 m or 14,692 feet) in Switzerland.

The first party to climb to the top of Matterhorn was led by British mountaineer Edward Whymper in 1865. Four of the seven men in the group died when descending.

In 1931 mountaineers Toni and Franz Schmid were the first to climb the North Face of Matterhorn, which is not only extremely difficult but also very dangerous. After reaching the summit, they had to wait two days on top of the mountain due to bad weather until they finally were able to descend.

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