The Golden Age of Alpinism - 150th Anniversary

In the year 1865 the Golden Age of mountaineering (1854 - 1865) reached its climax. This summer, 150 years later, Chamonix will pay tribute to the mountaineers, guides and artists of the Golden Age, through an ambitious programme of exhibitions, memorial climbs, events, films, conferences and book publications. 

In the Golden Age of Mountaineering the Alps had become the “playground of Europe” for a mountaineering elite. This intense period of exploration and adventure was pioneered by the Victorians, along with their invaluable Swiss and Savoyard guides.

1865 was immortalized by 65 first ascents across the Alps and 7 in the Mont-Blanc Massif including the Aiguille Verte, the Grandes Jorasses and the remarkable Brenva Spur on Mont-Blanc.

The terrible accident on the Matterhorn on 14th July, where 3 English climbers and the Chamonix guide, Michel Croz, perished, brought a tragic end to a glorious and somewhat carefree campaign.














Source: SvV

Published on: 20 Feb 00:00