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Top 10 Mountains to Climb

The Matterhorn
A climber views the Matterhorn from a distance.
A climber views the Matterhorn from a distance.
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Located in the Alps of Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn, one of the most popular mountains to climb in the world, reaches an elevation of 14,692 feet (4,478 meters). Depending on your skill level, you can choose from a variety of routes to the summit. For example, if you're a beginner climber, you can take the popular Horni Ridge or Lion routes. These routes feature fixed ropes, huts and ladders along the way to the summit. However, if you're a more skilled climber, you can tackle a route of increasing difficulty, such as the Zmutt, North Face or Furggen Ridges.

The Matterhorn looks like a pyramid with steep ridges that jut out from the glaciers that surround it. Due to the isolated position of the Matterhorn, the weather on the mountain can change quickly, so bring versatile clothing and supplies. The best time for tackling the Matterhorn is during the summer months; however, summer storms can bring about winter conditions, which means most recreational climbers can't tackle the mountain.

The Matterhorn is definitely a long and difficult climb, requiring a great deal of skill to negotiate its unstable rocks and varying weather conditions. However, conquering this world famous peak is a source of pride for a lifetime.