150 Years
  First Ascent

Matterhorn 2015

The First Ascent of the Matterhorn from Zermatt on July 14th 1865 was not exactly carefully planned. It was a chain of chance events that led to those seven climbers reaching the summit, then four perishing on the mountain and leaving Edward Whymper and Peter Taugwalder the subjects of intense speculation ever since.

Matterhorn 2015 takes the opportunity of its 150th Jubilee to re-live that epic event in mountaineering history. Follow Whymper on the journey across the Alps that culminated in the First Ascent of the Matterhorn and, along the way, work out what really led to the deaths of Michel Croz, Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson and Douglas Hadow.

Read and experience the entire story via a Videobook, especially designed for tablets. A free App is available for download and enables you access to the history of the Matterhorn’s first ascent in any place and at any time.

Week by Week: A weekly Newsletter reports on the adventures of Summer 1865 ... as told by a contemporary of Edward Whymper. You can follow events “online” or pick up a printed version in Zermatt.

Day by day – Each afternoon an update on our website will be your gateway to the alpine exploits of that day 150 years ago.

As the action unwinds, we will keep you ud-todate either via our Live-Ticker or Twitter.

Become a Facebook friend of Edward Whymper, and hear what he has to say about the path towards the summit.

Exchange thoughts about the climb on our “Matterhorn 2015” Facebook community of adventure and nature lovers. Here you will also learn interesting fun-facts about Edward Whymper as well as his fellows, and reawaken your enthusiasm for wild adventures!

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Biography

 
 

Christian Almer

(1826-1898)

 
 

By 1864, Almer, born in Grindelwald, was a skilled and experienced mountain guide. That year he was engaged by Adolphus Moore and met Whymper, who then hired him for most of the summer of 1865. He was courageous and strong, and known to be calm and dependable. Almer’s dog Tschingel became one of the most famous mountaineers of the time. Taken on first as a guard dog by the Almers, Tschingel started to follow her master on his climbs. She clearly loved the adventure, making sixty six major ascents, and many minor ones. After 1865, Almer climbed for many years with the young Coolidge and his Aunt Meta Brevoort. In 1868, he gave Tschingel to Coolidge, so the dog spent her non-climbing winters in Dorking, in Surrey in the south of England.

Almer himself climbed for many years and was one of the most accomplished guides of the time. As well as the Aiguille Verte with Whymper, he achieved more than forty 1st ascents, including the Eiger and the Mönch, as well as many technical ice-climbs such as Monviso and the Barre des Ecrins.

He married Margaritha Kaufmann in 1946 and their son Ulrich went on to become a respected mountain guide. Christian died in Grindelwald, at the foot of the Eiger where he was born 72 years earlier, in 1898.

  • Christian Almer