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Swiss mountaineering schools and guides
ABOVE: Matterhorn, above Zermatt.
The Alps have fascinated English-speaking tourists since 1741, when a party of Oxford scholars and tutors ascended the Montanvert near Chamonix. By 1777, Jakob Samuel Wyttensbach had published a guidebook to the glaciers and mountains of the Bernese Oberland, although Switzerland didn't become a haven for serious climbers until the British conquered the Mönchin 1857 and the Eiger in 1858.
Today, hundreds of climbers ascend one of Switzerland's best-known peaks--the Matterhorn--every year between July and September. The Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) has more than 90,000 members, and dozens of mountaineering schools and guide services are scattered across Switzerland. In these two pages, I'll provide links to Swiss Web resources for beginning alpinists and experienced climbers:
Mountaineering schools and guide services
Alpin Center Zermatt
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