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The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is one of the most striking mountains on the planet. It commands a prominent position above Zermatt and its uncompromising symmetrical steepness attest to why it was thought impossible for much of the golden age of mountaineering. The tragic story of its first ascent only added to it's allure and it has captured the imagination of tourists and mountaineers alike ever since. Its image today is used by the Swiss for pretty much everything from chocolate to watches and it's probably the most photographed mountain in the world.

I had long wanted to climb it but been more interested in the nearby Weisshorn. Since climbing that 5 years ago the Matterhorn had become far more prevalent in my thoughts but attempting it, especially solo, required pieces to be in place. As well as needing to be fit and fully acclimatised, the real question was of which route to take. The classic Hornli can be notoriously busy which makes it unappealing as well as potentially very dangerous…

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