Top Swiss mountaineer Dani Arnold sets a new record on the Matterhorn, climbing the North Face in 1 hour and 46 minutes
Unstoppable: Swiss climber Dani Arnold summits the Matterhorn in less than two hours | Mammut / Christian Gisi
Zermatt is celebrating its own world-renowned mountain. 150 years ago, on 14 July 1865, Edward Whymper and his rope team reached the summit that had long been deemed unclimbable.
Dani in action |Mammut / Christian Gisi
This week Swiss climber Dani Arnold set a new record: he climbed the Matterhorn’s North Face in only 1 hour and 46 minutes, beating Ueli Steck’s 2009 record by ten minutes.
Dani Arnold began his ascent of the 1100 meter high wall at the Bergschrund on Wednesday, 22 April, at 8:34 AM. 1 hour and 46 minutes later, he pushed the stop watch on the summit.
Dani’s route to the top | Mammut / Rainer Edner
“I didn’t feel well at all initially,” Arnold commented that evening. “I almost felt sick and thought about giving up.” However, he soon found a good rhythm. “I wasn’t super-fast. The only thing that counts is the rhythm,” he says.