Racing up the Matterhorn in just under three hours


The Zermatt mountain guide Andreas Steindl is the fastest. He succeeded in running from the Zollhaus in Zermatt at the end of the village to the summit of the Matterhorn in 2 hours and 57 minutes.

As the Walliser Bote writes, 22-year old Andreas Steindl has broken the record from 2007, which was set up by the ski-alpinists Simon Anthamatten, Ernest Farquet, Marcel Marti and Florent Troillet. The trainee mountain guide completed the 2,915 metres of altitude on Tuesday, 23rd August 2011. He will receive his Mountain Guide Diploma in the middle of September of this year.

“They wished me luck”

According to the Walliser Bote, Andreas Steindl had to overtake around 90 mountaineers during the ascent of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). There were possibilities to move out of the way almost everywhere on the route, and “the guests cheered me on and wished me luck“, he explained to the newspaper in the interview.

The athlete started by the Zollhaus in Zermatt at 4.05 in the morning. His route took him past the Schwarzsee and the Hörnlihütte Cabin from where the 90 mountaineers had started at 4.20 a.m and then got on top of the mountain of mountains. The qualified carpenter covered the first part of the route with running shoes and Nordic Walking poles, while tackling the climbing sections with helmet, boots and crampons.