“I fell in love with my home mountain. I couldn’t live without it.” – Hervé Barmasse.
Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn – the iconic mountain in the Alps straddling the border between Italy and Switzerland – which is among the most recognizable peaks on earth (and probably the most photographed). In the hundreds of narratives of ambition, success, and failures on the Matterhorn, Barmasse plays a central role. Not only does he hold the record for making the most first ascents on the Matterhorn; his intimate and philosophical relationship with the mountain is unique and inspiring.
“The mountain becomes a tool to better understand oneself.” – Hervé Barmasse.