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Zermatt in Visp (District), Valais, Switzerland
 

Peter Taugwalder

 
 
Peter Taugwalder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2013
1. Peter Taugwalder Marker
Inscription.
In diesem Hause wohnten
Peter Taugwalder
Vater und Sohn
Die Edward Whymper am 13./14/ Juli 1863
Bei der Erstbesteigung des Matterhorn
Begleitet haben
Alpine Vereinigung Zermatt Centre Alpin
14. Juli 1955


German-English translation:

This was the home of
Peter Taugwalder
Father and son
They accompanied Edward Whymper, July13-14, 1863
on the first ascent of the Matterhorn
Alpine Association Zermatt Alpin Center
14th July 1955

 
Erected 1955 by Alpine Vereinigung Zermatt Centre Alpin.
 
Location. 46° 1.171′ N, 7° 44.761′ E. Marker is in Zermatt, Valais, in Visp (District). Marker is on Kirchplatz just from Metzggasse, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Kirchplatz 18, Zermatt, Valais 3920, Switzerland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Parish Church of St. Maurizius, Zermatt (a few steps from this marker); First Ascent of the Matterhorn (within shouting distance of this marker); Rudolf Taugwalder (within shouting distance of this marker);
Peter Taugwalder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2013
2. Peter Taugwalder Marker
Hotel Monte Rosa (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Whymper (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Bergfuhrerplatz (Mountain Guide Square) (about 90 meters away); Horace Benedict de Saussure (approx. 0.7 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Matterhorn - Wikipedia. The Matterhorn was one of the last great Alpine peaks to be climbed and its first ascent marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. It was made in 1865 by a party led by Edward Whymper and ended disastrously when four of its members fell to their deaths on the descent. (Submitted on August 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Blue plaque commemorates Matterhorn climber Edward Whymper. A Guardian article (September 15, 2011) reporting the impending dedication of a Blue Plaque in Teddington dedicated to Edward Whymper. On the disaster and controversy: Edward Whymper, who first visited the Alps as an artist commissioned to produce picturesque mountain scenes, became gripped by the new sport of mountaineering. In 1865, after eight attempts, he beat an Italian team by three days to conquer the Matterhorn – but on the way down one of his less experienced climbing companions slipped, dragging his guide and two other members of the party to their deaths....The disaster provoked a scandal, which included suggestions – passionately denied by the survivors (Whymper, Taugwalder and son) – that a rope was cut to save Whymper and the two other climbers.... (Submitted on August 25, 2013.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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