For the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, mountaineer and alpinist, Hervé Barmasse, decided to show his appreciation, dedication and passion for this iconic peak with a short film that illustrates that which makes the mountain so unique and his own relationship to it.

Matterhorn Obsession

Watch Herve's short film, "Matterhorn Obsession", that commemorates the Matterhorn’s anniversary and how for him, it is the only mountain worth climbing more than once. July 14th, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn - the renowned mountain in the Alps straddling the border between Italy and Switzerland which has captured imaginations of explorers around the world. In the countless narratives of fearless ambitions, earned successes, and heroic failures on the Matterhorn, Herve Barmasse, accomplished alpinist and mountaineer, plays an indispensable role. This is not just because Barmasse holds the record for making the most first ascents on the Matterhorn, but more so for his fascinating relationship with the mountain.

As probably the man who knows the Matterhorn best, having made the most first ascents on it, he once said: “Like a fairy tale, the mountain belonged to me even before my birth.” His father, Marco Barmasse, was leaving for a first winter ascent of the west face of the Matterhorn, when his mother was giving birth to him. Since then, the Matterhorn became Barmasse’s playground. Not even his father’s attempts to steer him away from dangers and risks posed by the mountains, could keep him off it.

Read our interview with Hervé, where he goes further into his thoughts about this iconic mountain and shares epic photos from one of his latest expeditions to the summit. The Interview. 

July 2015