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Reinhold Messner – The Matterhorn

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Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner gives a brief history of the conquest for the Matterhorn for the 150th anniversary of its first ascent
by Edward Whymper. Whymper, a British climber, led a group of six to summit on July 14, 1865, beating Italians Jean-Antoine Carrel and Jean-Baptiste
Bich, who summited July 17 by another, more difficult, route.

“For me the mountain represents an activity, an experience, but also culture,” Messner says in the video.

The Matternhorn was closed July 14 to celebrate the 150th anniversary and create a daylong silence to remember the over 600 people, including
three climbers on Whymper’s team, who have died on the mountain.