Strange Trivia in Sports - Mountain Climbing

Some strange trivia, facts, records, and events in the history of the sport of Mountain Climbing.


The Matterhorn--Zermatt, Switzerland--was not scaled until July 14, 1865, when Edward Whymper climbed the 14,782' peak. Since then, Herman Schaller, a guide, has climbed the Matterhorn 233 times.

A mountaineer who had a wooden leg climbed Mont Blanc, as well as 5 mountains over 13,000'.

Mountaineer Christopher Timms, of New Zealand, survived the longest recorded fall in history. On December 7, 1966, Timms slid down an ice face of Mt. Elie de Beaumont, 7,500', into a crevasse. His companion was killed, but Timms came out of the fall with only a concussion, cuts, and bruises.

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