On September 6, mountain guides Simon Anthamatten and Michael Lerjen, both of Zermatt, Switzerland, ascended and descended the Hornli Ridge (AD) on the Matterhorn (4478m) in a record retour (combined time of ascent and descent) of 2 hours, 33 minutes.
The pair ascended from the Hornli Hut and climbed the route, established in 1865 during the first ascent of the Matterhorn, in a mere 1 hour and 40 minutes. Their descent took 53 minutes. Despite the impressive rate of Anthamatten's and Lerjen's ascent, the two guides do not consider their climb to be sensational or groundbreaking, but rather fun climbing on one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. It remains, however, that their achievement is outstanding relative to the seven to nine hours required by most fit climbers.
Read the full report by Ryan Minton at Alpinist.com