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Taken from my hotel window at the amazing Kulm Hotel at the Gornergrat on July 30th, 2015.

The first pair to reach the top were Edward Whymper (English), and Michel Croz (French), along with the rest of their team via Zermatt and the Eastern Face (as shown by the lanterns). They were racing an Italian team, who reached the summit only three days later via the South Face.

Note that there is a single Red lantern to show where Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, and Michel Croz were killed on the descent when Hadow slipped and pulled the other three with him down the north face. Whymper and the Taugwalder guides, who survived, were later accused of having cut the rope below to ensure that they were not dragged down with the others, but the subsequent inquiry found no proof of this and they were acquitted.

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