this was in the New York Times morning briefing I get via email…
Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy is the stunning Matterhorn, which at 14,692 feet is one of the tallest peaks in the Alps.
Edward Whymper, a Briton, and his party were the first to reach the summit, 150 years ago today.
It should have been a joyous occasion. But descending after a ceremonial flag-planting, four of the seven men fell 4,000 feet to a glacier below when their hemp rope broke.
Mr. Whymper and two guides from the village of Zermatt, Switzerland, were at the other end of the rope and survived. Since then, more than 500 climbers have died, mostly on the descent.
The frayed rope of the Whymper expedition is on display in the Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt, which has become Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations, with nearly two million visitors each year.
To commemorate the anniversary, a new $9 million base camp at 10,695 feet is unveiled today. And the mountain is closed to climbers for the first time ever.
Mr. Whymper never returned to the Matterhorn. In his 1871 book, he advised: “Do nothing in haste; look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
… I’m not going to spiritualized this cuz it’s about life (which is inherently spiritual)… Don’t need to… Read that quote again…
“Do nothing in haste; look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.”