While in Zermatt we visited the Mountaineers’ Cemetery. A very emotional experience. So many young men, and a few women, who lost their lives on the mountain doing something they loved. But all so young. And they were probably all so fit and healthy.
I am going to do a bit of research on some of them and find out more about their lives. Apparently over 500 climbers have lost their lives climbing the Matterhorn. One of the epitaphs said, “I chose to climb”.
Here are some images. Lots to think about…
I guess at least the families of these mountaineers had a body to bury. There are so many who have been lost on the mountain never to have their bodies retrieved.
I found a great website with some more information on these climbers. Only have to google Mountaineers’ Cemetery Zermatt to find it.