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!




Douglas Hadow



Douglas Hadow was not an experienced mountaineer when, in 1865, he made the spectacular achievement of reaching the summit of the Matterhorn. His first trip to the Alps was in 1864, when he visited Zermatt in September. He seems not to have had much opportunity to develop climbing skills on this visit, partly because of atrocious weather, although he did spend a couple of nights up at the Riffelhaus hotel.

Hadow came from a comfortably off family who lived at York Terrace in London, close to Regent’s Park. His father was Chairman of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Company. Douglas and his six brothers were all educated at Harrow School, where they earned the nick-name the Harrow Hadows. One of those brothers, Frank, was to go on and win the Wimbledon Championship in 1878.

  • Douglas Hadow