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!




Luc Meynet

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Our story is not only about the tourist adventurers whose spirit for discovery, supported by their economic wherewithal, drove them to climb mountains. They needed the skills and knowledge of the people who already lived among the alps. But as well as the guides on whom the tourists relied, there were others. Even without the specialist skills of a guide, locals could supplement a meagre income by working as a porter. Luc Meynet was one of these.

Meynet is remembered because of Whymper. Small of height and physically disadvantaged by a hunchback, Meynet was a cheese-maker in the Breuil/Val Tournenche area. He was hired as a tent bearer by Whymper in 1862. From then on, Whymper always sought out Meynet when his expeditions took him to Breuil. Whymper always respected hard-work and enthusiasm for a task, both of which qualities Luc Meynet demonstrated whole-heartedly. In spite of his thoroughly shabby appearance and disinterest in personal hygiene, Whymper treated the hunchback with respect and endeavoured to make sure others, including his guides, did so too. Meynet was immortalised in a sketch by Whymper. We know little more of him, but without Whymper’s words in Scrambles and his sketch, we would know even less.

  • Luc Meynet