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!




Anthony Miles William Adams Reilly



Born in Ireland, Adams Reilly was educated at Rugby College then Oxford University. He put his intelligence and education to use making maps of Alpine regions at a time when many areas were scarcely mapped at all, or very inaccurately. With his theodolite, apparatus for boiling water and an aneroid barometer, he travelled extensively in the Mont Blanc region in 1863, as well as venturing on some ambitious climbs. In 1864, Whymper was appointed to the Alpine Club sub-committee responsible for publishing the map of Mont Blanc derived from these surveys, and the two became firm friends. Their correspondence at this time is marked by good-humoured, youthful, banter.

Climbing for several weeks together in 1864, the pair made some remarkable achievements including a first up the Mont Dolent. They planned an attempt on the Matterhorn in July. But then a business problem called Whymper back to London and the plans dissolved. In I865, Adams Reilly was busy mapping in the Macugnaga region. He was in Breuil on July 17th, heard about the accident on the Matterhorn and crossed quickly to Zermatt to be of help.

  • Anthony Miles William Adams Reilly
Adams Reilly with his ever-present theodolite and sketch book.