Matterhorn - Hornli Ridge: Up and Down, 2 hours, 33 minutes...

© Guy Davies
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

This post has been read 28,436 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make UKClimbing the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC porter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

24 Sep, 2007
not so much fun for all the people they probably trampled over to do it.
24 Sep, 2007
Meeeeow! I think they deserve to be congratulated on a fine performance. I'm delighted when young mountaineers excel and it sounds as though they did this as a fun challenge. It bodes well for the future of lightweight ascents and it will be interesting to see how they apply their obvious talent to more remote, less well known and uncliimbed routes.
24 Sep, 2007
Jez - it takes me longer to go up and down Burley Moor....
24 Sep, 2007
Does anyone know which route Bruno Brunod (real name, I kid you not), took when he set the record from Cervinia? I don't know the Matterhorn but his time of 3.15ish always strikes me as completely outlandish!
24 Sep, 2007
Will do Rad. Cheers. Mick
More Comments
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest