World’s fastest person to climb the Matterhorn – Dani Arnold
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[ Publicado el 15 ene. 2016
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Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, The Matterhorn it’s one of the three great north faces of the Alps, its jagged edges tracing to a sharp point in the sky.
While laypeople may only know it from the packaging of Toblerone chocolate bars, the Matterhorn has an illustrious history, particularly the stunning north face. Another milestone has now been entered into its timeline, as Swiss mountaineer Dani Arnold has set a blazingly fast new record on the route, reaching the summit in only 1 hour 46 minutes, shaving a full 10 minutes off Ueli Steck’s record, set in 2009. See highlights of the climb in the video above.
It’s considered to be one of the riskiest climbs in the Alps. In fact, the Matterhorn is one of the deadliest peaks in Europe, with over 500 alpinists believed to have died on the mountain. Big ups to Dani for pushing the limits of what he loves to do, and pull off one helluva climb.
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How the Matterhorn Created Modern Mountaineering 150 Years Ago
Article imported from Nationalgeographic.com:
[ Climbers topped the Alpine peak in 1865. Then tragedy struck.
The rock is a crumbling gneiss that, combined with the severe angle of incline, forces you to constantly maintain perfect balance, prepared for a hand- or foothold to give way at any moment. It is a mountain that demands climbing competence, courage, and mental stamina.
Because of these factors, climbing historians consider the first ascent of the Matterhorn the beginning of modern mountaineering. And just like Everest, the story of its first ascent is a plot thick with ego and ambition, passion and betrayal, bravery and death.
Determined not to lose the peak to his rival, Whymper managed to cobble together an unwieldy team of seven men of varying experience: Zermatt mountain guides Peter Taugwalder and his son Peter Jr., an accomplished French mountain guide named Michel Croz, an English chaplain Charles Hudson who had much mountain experience, and two novices—18-year-old Lord Francis Douglas and Douglas Hadow, a 19-year-old Londoner.
Mark Jenkins is writer in residence at the University of Wyoming and a regular contributor to National Geographic.