Showing posts with label Matterhorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matterhorn. Show all posts

Video: Climbing the Matterhorn

In terms of prominence in the mountaineering world, few peaks are held in as high regard as the Matterhorn. Rising 4478 meters (14,692 ft) in height, it has been the training ground for some of the best climbers in history and its iconic shape is well known, even amongst those who have never seen it. In this video, which is a full-length documentary about the mountain, we learn why the Matterhorn is viewed so reverently within the mountaineering community and we discover what it takes to reach its summit. Get comfortable, this one is well worth a watch.

Video: The Matterhorn in Timelapse

Recently, Red Bull TV launched a new web series called The Horn that follows a team of aerial search and rescue first responders in the Alps that operate near and on the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic mountains in the world. In preparation for that series, filmmaker Andrew Geraci shot a tremendous amount of timelapse footage of the mountain. Some of his best shots have been compiled into this 3+ minute long clip that gives us a beautiful view of this spectacular alpine setting. This is the Matterhorn like you've never seen it before. Sit back, soak it all in, and enjoy.

30 Epic Timelapses of the Matterhorn in 4k | Red Bull TV's The Horn from Red Bull on Vimeo.

Video: Singletrack Switzerland - Mountain Biking in Zermatt

This beautiful video comes our way courtesy of our friends over at Teton Gravity Research, who traveled to Switzerland to capture some of the most amazing mountain biking trails that are available there. As you would expect, the landscapes are dramatic and breathtaking, the riding is unreal, and the sense of scale is unprecedented. This is the first of a three part series from TGR, which always delivers outstanding outdoor adventure films. Don't miss this one, it is well worth your time, whether you enjoy mountain biking or not.

Video: Dani Arnold Sets the Speed Record on the Matterhorn

Alpinist Dani Arnold is known for going fast and light in the mountains. In this video, we tag along with him as he sets out to break the speed record – held by Ueli Steck – on the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic mountains in the entire world. The time to beat is 1 hour and 56 minutes, which is a blazing fast time on the technically challenging mountain that stands 4478 meters (14,692 ft) in height. Does he break the record? If you followed Dani's efforts earlier in the year, you probably already know that he topped out in 1 hour and 46 minutes, but watching him do it in this video is impressive nonetheless.

Video: The Matterhorn in Timelapse

The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic mountains in all of Europe, if not the world. Its striking profile is legendary, and many great mountaineers began their careers on its slopes. In this video we get an all-too-brief look at the mountain through timelapse imagery that is breathtakingly beautiful. The clip is actually a trailer for a much longer film that will be released soon, and if that video comes anywhere close to the quality of this one, I'll be sharing it as well. Sit back and enjoy a minute of pure bliss as we take in the Matterhorn in timelapse.

Matterhorn Trailer Promo Timelapse from Maurizio Pignotti on Vimeo.

Video: Matterhorn Obsession with Herve Barmasse

Earlier this year the Matterhorn celebrated the 150th anniversary of its first ascent. This video was made to honor that occasion, and it features climber Hervé Barmasse sharing his thoughts on a peak that has been so integral to his life. For Hervé, the Matterhorn is not just one of the most iconic peaks in all of Europe, it is his home mountain. One that he has known since he was a teenager, and one that remains important to him, even as he has scaled much bigger peaks in other parts of the world. Hervé has put up more first ascents on the mountain than any other climber, and in this video he shares his relationship with the Matterhorn, while giving us incredible insights into a peak that has been important to the mountaineering world for nearly two centuries. Powerful stuff.

Video: Switzerland in Timelapse and 4K

With all of my regular postings about the Himalaya, Andes, and other far flung places it is often easy to forget just how beautiful Europe can be as well. This video is a good reminder. Shot in the southern Swiss Alps, it is a timelapse video that captures the landscapes landscapes found there in dramatic fashion. Sit back and enjoy, this one is definitely worth the trip.

Switzerland 4K | Timelapse from One Lidless Eye on Vimeo.

Mammut's #Project360 Takes Us Up Iconic Mountains Without Ever Leaving Home

An ambitious new undertaking from Mammut is giving armchair mountaineers an opportunity to climb some of the most iconic mountains in the world without ever having to leave those armchairs.

The gear company sent top climbers up major peaks such as the Eiger, El Capitan, and the Matterhorn while wearing specially built camera systems that captured their routes in full 360º images. Those images were then stitched together and placed online, allowing us to take a virtual expedition up those same mountains from the safety of our homes.

Dubbed #Project360, the website hosting these virtual climbs is now online and accessible by the general public. In addition to the mountains listed above, it also offers a virtual climb of Mt. Elbrus – the tallest peak in Europe – and Rübezahl, a massive frozen waterfall in Switzerland. The Mönch – another iconic European peak – is listed as "coming soon."

These virtual climbs work much like Google Street View in that it gives viewers the opportunity to move up and down these mountains, and pan the camera around 360º to get a better view of the landscapes. The result is an opportunity to see what these climbing routes are like, and just how high up they actually are, to better appreciate what climbers must overcome on the way to the top.

This is definitely a fun and impressive way to kill some time on your computer without fear of altitude sickness or vertigo. You can check it out for yourself by clicking here. And if you want to know more about how the project was created, watch the video below.

Video: The Peak - A Visual Tribute to the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn stands 4478 meters (14,692 ft) in height, and is one of the most iconic mountains in the entire world. Its distinctive look has served as an inspiration for adventure for centuries, and even though it was first climbed back in 1865, it still lures many mountaineers to this day. This video is a visual love letter to that peak. It features striking imagery from the mountain itself, and the surrounding landscapes. While we often cover far flung expeditions to the Himalaya, the Andes, and other mountain ranges on this blog, the Alps remain one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet with plenty of fantastic adventures still taking place there to this day. Enjoy this short film, and marvel at one of the most famous mountains on the planet.

Thanks to the Adventure Journal for sharing this.

the Peak from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.

New Speed Records Set on Matterhorn and Half Dome

Continuing my attempt to catch up on some of the bigger adventure stories that took place while I was away, I have details on attempts at speed records on two of the most iconic mountains in the world – the Matterhorn in Europe and Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park.

First, back on April 22 Swiss climber Dani Arnold successfully set a new record on the 4478 meter (14,692 ft) Matterhorn when he raced up its North Face in just 1 hour, 46 minutes. That bests the previous record set by fellow countryman Ueli Steck by 10 minutes. To put that time into perspective, ExWeb says that most good alpinists will require approximately 8-10 hours to complete the same route.

Arnold took the Schmid Route to the summit, free-soloing without ropes the entire way. The climber says that while he didn't feel he was going particularly fast, he was able to find a good rhythm on the ascent, which allowed him to speed up the mountain at a steady pace. That seems like an understatement when you consider his accomplishment. Climbing the Matterhorn is a classic mountaineering challenge, but to do so in record time is impressive indeed.

This speed record is another reminder of just what a force Arnold is on the mountaineering scene. Back in 2011 he broke another record of Steck's by going up the Eiger 20 minutes faster than the "Swiss Machine." While Dani hasn't gotten the same level of attention from the press that Steck has, he is certainly one of the best climbers working today.

Meanwhile, Dean Potter faced an entirely different type of challenge on his attempt to set a new speed record on Half Dome. According to the Adventure Journal, the climber/BASE jumper used a combination of trail running, fast hiking, and rock climbing to reach the top, and descend back down, in just 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 52 seconds. That effort shaved six minutes off the previous record set by Kyle Williams just last September.

While on his speed attempt, Potter carried no food or water with him, but instead simply went up wearing just a pair of shorts, socks, and running shoes. That is outdoor adventure in its purest form, and is also an impressive feat on a route that almost any reasonably fit person could follow.

Both of these speed records are impressive and inspiring in their own right. Congratulations to both Dani and Dean for completing these challenges.

Video: Mammut Lights Up the Matterhorn to Celebrate 150 Years of Climbing

2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, a mountain that is iconic both in physical profile, and stature in the mountaineering world. To celebrate this event, gear manufacturer Mammut created special tribute to the mountain, and the men and women who have climbed it. The video below, gives you a behind the scenes look at this project, and what it looked like when it was completed.

Video: Sam Branson Airlifted Off the Matterhorn

Earlier this week, Sam Branson, the 29-year old son of Richard Branson, had to be airlifted to safety off the Matterhorn. He was climbing the mountain as part of the Virgin Strive Challenge, an expedition that saw 10 adventurers travel from London to the summit of the Matterhorn without the use of motorized transportation. Sam contracted altitude sickness on his way to the top, which prompted the rescue. The video below shows the dramatic footage of the young man being rescued just below the summit. He was successful in topping out, but didn't have the ability to descend safely. He is safely down and recovering nicely now however.