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The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points. The mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais to the north-east and Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. The Theodul Pass, located at the eastern base of the peak, is the lowest passage between its north and south side.
The Matterhorn was one of the last great Alpine peaks to be climbed and its first ascent marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. It was made in 1865 by a party led by Edward Whymper and ended disastrously when four of its members fell to their deaths on the descent. The north face was not climbed until 1931, and is amongst the six great north faces of the Alps. The Matterhorn is one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps: from 1865 – when it was first climbed – to 1995, 500 alpinists died on it.
The Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps and the Alps in general. Since the end of the 19th century, when railways were built, it attracted more and more visitors and climbers. Each summer a large number of mountaineers try to climb the Matterhorn via the northeast Hörnli ridge, the most popular route to the summit.

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Alain Boussac17-Jul-2012 12:47
Grand mountain and image ! V.
janescottcumming01-Jul-2012 22:13
Fantastic information to accompany this great photograph. I also remember the Disney film and was always enamored with this beautiful peak. Excellent work Jose! V
Bryan Murahashi30-Jun-2012 16:53
Fabulous photo of this very distinctive peak in the Alps. V
Range View 30-Jun-2012 12:21
A great capture of this majestic mountain! V
Helen Betts30-Jun-2012 06:42
Amazing mountain, excellent capture of it with great clarity.
Dennis Hoyne30-Jun-2012 02:43
Beautiful! Do any climbers attempt the climb in winter?
ac29-Jun-2012 19:57
Well composed.
Knox O29-Jun-2012 19:31
very nice mountain view!!
Vickie BROWN29-Jun-2012 19:23
A shining scenery of the famous mountain.
Richard Glenn29-Jun-2012 19:21
Finally Jose, my all time favorite mountain. When I was a small child, Walt Disney made a film "Third Man on the Mountain", about this great peak. Thanks for sharing. V
John Reynolds LRPS29-Jun-2012 19:19
A spectacular mountain scene. Well captured, Jose. V.
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