The Misfit and the Matterhorn

The amazing story of Edward Whymper’s first ascent of the Matterhorn. In 1865 the British climber Edward Whymper, led a party to the summit of the Matterhorn, one of the most striking peaks in the Alps.

It was a huge moment for him, the end of an obsession that had lasted for many years. His triumph however was short lived. On the way down four of his party fell to their deaths in one of the most famous mountaineering accidents of history. This film uses archive, interview and a reconstruction of his ascent starring Stephen Venables, the first British mountaineer to climb Everest without oxygen.