4/30/15 - On Wednesday, April 22 Swiss climber Dani Arnold successfully climbed the Matterhorn's North Face in a new record time of one hour and 46 minutes. Arnold's time knocked ten minutes off the previous record, set by Ueli Steck in 2009. Arnold climbed free solo following the Schmid route, same as Steck, but with a different variation up top.
Mammut described the ascent in a press release:
Dani Arnold began his ascent of the 1100 meter high wall at the Bergschrund on Wednesday, 22 April, at 8:34 AM. 1 hour and 46 minutes later, he pushed the stop watch on the summit. "I didn't feel well at all initially," Arnold commented on his shape that evening. "I almost felt sick and thought about giving up." However, he did continue, and finally found a good rhythm. "I wasn't super-fast. The only thing that counts is the rhythm," he says. Considering his time, that is a bit of an understatement – "normal" mountaineers take eight to ten hours for the route through the North Face. (Text: Mammut)
Learn more about Dani Arnold at DaniArnold.ch.