Fastest Climb of Matterhorn
The Feat: On April 22, Swiss mountaineer Dani Arnold skimmed 10 minutes off the standing speed record to reach the top of the Matterhorn in just 1 hour and 46 minutes. His rapid free-solo ascent 1,100 meters up the north face of the iconic peak takes the average climber between 8 and 10 hours and is fraught with difficulties. The 31-year-old climbed the face via the classic Schmid Route and took up the challenge in 2015 to honor the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn by British alpinist Edward Whymper in 1865.
Previous Record: Ueli Steck’s time of 1 hour and 56 minutes was thought unbeatable after he completed the climb in 2009.
The Near-Miss Moment: Arnold nearly turned back moments after he started because he didn’t have a good feeling about the climb, which had less snow than he would have liked and forced him onto ice and blank rock. But he soon fell into a rhythm that led him to the top.
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