Robert Bosch is a Swiss photographer with a knack for creating awesome large-scale photo shoots. One of his latest projects included hundreds of skilled mountain climbers scaling their way up the Matterhorn ridge located in the Alps. Bosch’s goal was to get hundreds of climbers to place a red light at different decent along the mountain to show off the full extent of the treacherous, yet beautiful, hike up the Matterhorn Hornli Ridge.
The underlying purpose for this photo shoot was to celebrate the anniversary of the first humans to climb up the Matterhorn Ridge. 150 years ago, Edward Whymper and a few fellow climbers were the first to embark on the journey. Mammut, a Swiss company that manufactures mountaineering equipment, hired Bosch to create the epic photo shoot for the brand’s 2015 campaign, which will highlight the monumental anniversary of Whymper and his team’s climb.
Here are some of the incredible photos Bosch was able to capture in the process…
Every light represents another step up the tall, treacherous mountainside. The glow of the lights shows off just how high the peak extends. Just when you think you see the top, you notice more red lights leading the way. Could you imagine being the first team to ever climb this peak? Unsure what really awaits at the top…
The Matterhorn, located on the border of Switzerland and Italy, is one of Switzerland’s most famous mountains. It boasts an elevation of 14,692 feet, which makes it the 10th tallest mountain in all of Switzerland. The Matterhorn is not only famous near the Alps, but all over the world. In fact, Disneyland has a ride modeled after the sheer mountain cliff, complete with a monster Yetis.
‘Matterhorn’ is a word with German roots, derived from the words Matte (meadow) and horn (peak). The Italian (Cervino) and French (Cervin) names for the mountain both derive from the Latin root ‘cervus’ and ‘onus.’ When combined these words translate to, “place of Cervus.” A cervus is a type of deer and elk found throughout the mountain.
While the original trip by Whymper and his team was only successful in part. At one point, when the men were on their way back down the mountain, team member Robert Hadow slipped. This caused another climber to be knocked aside, which caused the rope to pull tight, and knock 4 climbers off, all the way down the North Face side of the mountain. A rock spike broke the rope, which actually ended up saving Whymper and his son from death.
Although Whymper escaped the tragic experience with this life, he said the scene of the accident haunted him relentlessly. He wrote in his 1871 book, Scrambles amongst the Alps, “Every night, do you understand, I see my comrades of the Matterhorn slipping on their backs, their arms outstretched, one after the other, in perfect order at equal distances—Croz the guide, first, then Hadow, then Hudson, and lastly Douglas. Yes, I shall always see them…”
The mountain hasn’t gotten any less difficult or safer to climb. That being said, it wasn’t easy for these climbers to make it all the way up to the top of the sheer icy cliff, but their efforts paid off in these extrodinary photos. Trying something tricky to capture one-of-a-kind images is nothing new for Robert Bosch. In fact, he has captured incredible photography from all over the world using techniques that wow.
Mixed throughout are some other cool pictures taken from the shoot that do not include red lights. Proving no matter what conditions Bosch is working with, or how much patience it requires, he can deliver inspiring natural photographic art.
Photo Credits: robertboesch.ch