In keeping with the theme of the open-air theatre on Gornergrat there is a free pop-up exhibition during summer and autumn 2019. It tells the story of 14 ladies from various countries who each wrote their own personal stories on the Matterhorn.
As in the open-air theatre production Lucy Walker is in the central figure of the pop-up exhibition. On 22. July 1871, six years after the very first ascent of the Matterhorn, the first woman mountaineer completed the climb. 34-year old Lucy Walker from England reached the summit wearing a long, white flannel skirt and in the company of her father, her brother and the Swiss mountain guide Melchior Anderegg. She narrowly beat her greatest rival, the American climber Meta Brevoort, who traversed the Matterhorn from Zermatt to Italy just a few weeks later.
Matterhorn one way
No rockface is too steep or peak to high for Géraldine Fasnacht. In 2014 she went on foot up the Matterhorn and for the descent she donned her wingsuit and flew down the side of the mountain. An adventurous lady with a strong connection to the Valais mountains and who feels just as much at home in the air or on a snowboard in the snow.
Apart from Géraldine Fasnacht and Lucy Walker a further 12 daring ladies will be portrayed in the Gornergrat Shelter. The pop-up exhibition takes place from 29. June to 27. October 2019 and admission is free.
"Matterhorn Ladies" is a pop-up project conceived by the Swiss Alpine Museum in Bern in close collaboration with the Zermatt Open Air Theatre, the Gornergrat railway and the Zermatt civil community.
New uses for the shelters at the Matterhorn base camp.
The exhibition will be on show in one of the 25 shelters from the Matterhorn basecamp refuge. In 2014 these metal tents were built as a replacement for the Hörnlihütte cabin which was being renovated during the summer season. The 2-man (or woman) tents provided shelter for up to 50 climbers per night.
One of the planning conditions was that these tents should not only be used for one summer as a shelter but should fulfil other purposes after the initial summer. One of the tents has been relocated to the Gornergrat and is regularly used for exhibitions. It is above the Gornergrat mountain station on the way to the Kulm Hotel.