Climbers succumb to the lure of the Matterhorn - nice footage of walkers making the ascent.
Film showing the lure of the Matterhorn for climbers. Mountaineers include a blind man and Sir John Hunt and his wife. Good adventurous feel to the film. Narrator speaks of the history of climbers on the mountain including Edward Whymper.
Lots of good shots of climbers on various stages of the ascent. C/Us of walking boots, of hands grabbing on to rock, feet slipping etc. Aerial views of the mountain. Lone men walking through the snowy, rocky landscape.
We also see the Swiss village of Zermatt at the base of the mountain. C/Us of tombstones of graves of walkers who have met their death on the mountain. Climbing equipment shop. Walkers with knapsacks and walking equipment walk through the village. Mules are loaded up with supplies for the climb. Zermatt is seen in the rain - narrator observes that rain in the village means snow on the mountain. A group of children and women shoppers walk through the village.
Footage of a walking group in snow on the mountain.
Dawn over the mountain. Walkers prepare to continue their journey. Sir John Hunt of Everest fame is joining Pathe for the ascent. The party start their walk. Lady Hunt joins them. Shots of the guide - Theodore Kronig. He is 64 and this will be his last ascent. Mountain cameraman Otto Karminski is in charge of filming. A blind man is seen being helped on the ascent. Views of the icy landscape as Kronig clambers up the side of the mountain. Crampons are attached to boots. Slow motion aerial views of the mountain. Men use ropes to aid them in their climb. Climber (probably Theodore) reaches the summit and waves to the camera. More views of the mountain.
Note: unfortunately there is a rather large scratch on the print - no neg available. Cuts exist - see other record.