Name: Sue Hirschi
Age when completing the ascent: 31 years old
Height: 163 cm
Profession & Qualifications: MSc in Vocational Training, teacher (vocational college), registered nurse (BSc).
Hobbies: Hiking, snowboarding, travel, spending time with my favourite people
My strengths: Perseverance, flexibility, honesty, determination
My weaknesses: Impatience
My social media channels (all):
I am ready for the Matterhorn, because...
...it has been a burning desire of mine for many years.
My mountain climbing experience:
Guided glacier hikes (Monte Rosa Hut, Konkordia Hut), Alpine hikes (Bernina Trek)
My biggest challenge for this project:
Scheduling in time to rest in addition to the training.
My connection to Zermatt and the Matterhorn:
When I was young, I spent part of my summer holidays in Zermatt to learn how to snowboard. My family spent time by the sea while I did this. My husband and I spent some of our honeymoon in Zermatt, we’ve been on winter and hiking holidays and been to Zermatt Unplugged, of course. A defining moment for me was when I stood on the terrace of the Monte Rosa Hut just before breakfast, looked towards the Matterhorn and asked my mountain guide what the lights were that I could see. His answer: "Those are the mountain climbers on their way to the peak." It really gave me goosebumps. From that moment, I knew one thing: I had to do it.
It annoys me when:
...people lose sight of the positive
My first thought when I heard about this project: