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Zermatt in Visp (District), Valais, Switzerland
 

First Ascent of the Matterhorn

Erstbesteigung Matterhorn

 
 
Erstbesteigung Matterhorn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 9, 2013
1. Erstbesteigung Matterhorn Marker
Inscription.
Erstbesteigung Matterhorn
über Hornligrat
13./14. Juli 1865

Edward Whymper
Reverend Charles Hudson
Lord Francis Douglas
Douglas Robert Hadow
Taugwalder Peter, Vater
Taugwalder Peter, Sohn
Michel Auguste Croz


Erstbesteigung Matterhorn
über Liongrat

Jean – Antoine Carrel
Jean – Baptiste Bisch


German-English translation:

First Ascent of the Matterhorn
via Hornligrat
13-14. July 1865

Edward Whymper
Reverend Charles Hudson
Lord Francis Douglas
Douglas Robert Hadow
Taugwalder Peter, father
Taugwalder Peter, son
Michel Auguste Croz


First Ascent of the Matterhorn
over Lion's Ridge

Jean - Antoine Carrel
Jean - Baptiste Bisch

 
Location. 46° 1.184′ N, 7° 44.778′ E. Marker is in Zermatt, Valais, in Visp (District). Marker is on Bahnhofstrasse just from Kirchstrasse, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bahnhofstrasse 57, 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
Erstbesteigung Matterhorn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 9, 2013
2. Erstbesteigung Matterhorn Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Rudolf Taugwalder (a few steps from this marker); Peter Taugwalder (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Monte Rosa (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Whymper (within shouting distance of this marker); Bergfuhrerplatz (Mountain Guide Square) (within shouting distance of this marker); Horace Benedict de Saussure (approx. 0.8 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is in the plaza in front of the Matterhorn Museum.
 
Also see . . .  Matterhorn - Wikipedia. The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 meters (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.[2] The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points. The mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt... (Submitted on August 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Zermatt and Mount Cervin (The Matterhorn) image. Click for full size.
circa 1870
3. Zermatt and Mount Cervin (The Matterhorn)
The first ascent of the Matterhorn was made by Edward Whymper, Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, Michel Croz, and the two Zermatt guides, Peter Taugwalder father and son on 14 July 1865. Douglas, Hudson, Hadow and Croz were killed on the descent when Hadow slipped and pulled the other three with him down the north face. Whymper and the Taugwalder guides, who survived, were later accused of having cut the rope below to ensure that they were not dragged down with the others, but the subsequent inquiry found no proof of this and they were acquitted. - Wikipedia entry on the first ascent of the Matterhorn.
The Matterhorn image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2013
4. The Matterhorn
 
 
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