They had to postpone their adventure twice, on Thursday the time finally came: Beatrice Egli and mountain guide Susan Hauser (54) climbed the Matterhorn together. “That was a great experience,” said the experienced alpine climber, looking back.
The two trained together on this adventure for several months. “At first, of course, she had no idea about mountain climbing,” Hauser says, laughing. It’s nicer for her to see the evolution of Schwyzerin. “There are enough people who are suddenly thinking of climbing the Matterhorn out of nowhere. Beatrice took the whole thing seriously.”
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Egli is mentally strong and very focused
The mountain guide, who has already been to Horu more than 100 times, gives Beatrice Egli a good testament to the adventure. “She’s pretty self-confident, she can climb really well with the straps, she’s in great shape and she has a lot of strength in the upper body.” Plus, she’s mentally strong and “very focused,” Hesser continues.
The two women spent months preparing for this moment together, they were already together at Pollux (4,092 meters above sea level) and at Rivelhorn (2927 meters above sea level). “Then I was in good spirits that the climb to the Matterhorn would work.”
Conditions were still not ideal
The big adventure had to be postponed twice. There was still a lot of snow and ice, not only on the Matterhorn, but also on the surrounding peaks. As of Thursday, conditions weren’t perfect yet. “But I had great faith in Beatrice. She did so well on the other rounds that we finally dared to go to Horo. I wouldn’t do that with every guest! “
The rise of the Matterhorn itself was really good. “It is not an easy mountain. The descent is particularly demanding. “I was very impressed with what Beatrice has achieved,” Hüsser says. She also practically forbade the singer from singing up: “I said I increase the tempo when she sings,” she jokes. “Everyone can interpret it however they like,” he adds.
Mountaineering is a huge field for men.
The campaign was organized as part of the “100% Women Peak Challenge”, by which Switzerland Tourism wants to bring more Alpine fans to the mountain. The goal is for every four thousand Swiss women to climb this year, and this is on record on social media. Hüsser: “It’s great to see more women going up the mountain. Climbing and guiding mountains is a huge male domain.”
No next mountain tour with the Schweizer star is currently planned. “Beatrice now has other things on her mind, she’s back on stage,” Husser says. But she wouldn’t be deterred by further conquests on the peaks with Schweizeren: “Those were very nice and fun rides. I didn’t have to worry about Beatrice.”
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