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!




Adolphus Moore



Moore was a good friend of Horace Walker and they often climbed together. But while Walker’s family were in business, Moore came from a more upper class background. Public school educated, he went on to be an official in the India Office and private secretary to Randolph Churchill. Although Walker and Moore were good friends, Moore’s journal of 1864, when they climbed together, suggests that he could be irritated by Whymper’s ways.

Moore’s alpine achievements were impressive. From his first visit to the Alps in 1862 he was making first ascents (Fiescherhorn was his first), including some remarkable achievements in 1865 with Walker. He went on to become a pioneer of climbing in the Caucasus, making the first ascents of Kazbek and the East Summit of Elbruz.

  • Adolphus Moore