New Matterhorn Speed Record by Dani Arnold

© Christian Gisi

Swiss climber Dani Arnold has set a new speed record on the North Face of the Matterhorn with a time of 1 hour and 46 minutes, beating Ueli Steck's previous record by ten minutes. Dani climbed the face via the classic Schmid Route.

Dani Arnold  © Christian Gisi
Dani Arnold
© Christian Gisi

The 30 year-old has made a name for himself with impressive achievements in mixed and ice climbing. In 2013, he set a new speed record for climbing the North Face of the Eiger with a time of 2 hours and 28 minutes - although he made use of the fixed ropes on the Hinterstoiser Traverse, unlike previous record-holder Ueli Steck.

Matterhorn North Face
© Rainer Eder

This year, Zermatt is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn by British alpinist Edward Whymper in 1865.

Ueli Steck also held the previous Matterhorn speed record, with a time of 1 hour and 56 minutes. 

Watch a video of Dani's ascent below:



Dani is sponsored by: Adidas Eyewear, Mammut and Petzl

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4 May, 2015
I love the slow motion plunging ice axe and heroic distant stare on the summit - before he looks at his stopwatch.
4 May, 2015
Cool achievement.. but a weird video!
4 May, 2015
Yeah agree, missed opportunity for the videographer.
Cracking news but that's a most uninspiring video
5 May, 2015
Really impressive stuff! I'm not a big fan of these speed records though. My style of slow, heavy, bumbling alpine climbing with unplanned bivis and general incompetence is far more gruelling.
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