The Haslemere Greats – Sir Edward Whymper

Wednesday 22nd May 2:30pm

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This talk is at The Haslemere Museum
Edward Whymper moved to the Town House in Haslemere in 1859 with his father, Josiah, who ran a very successful engraving business. Sent to the Alps in 1860 to undertake an engraving commission, 20 year old Edward became fascinated by the Alps and by mountaineering. He was the first to climb the Matterhorn by taking an unconventional route, after his guide defected to lead a rival Italian expedition – a story of intrigue, jealousy and skulduggery. Although the ascent of the Matterhorn ended tragically, Whymper led a number of further ground breaking expeditions – to Greenland, the Andes, the Alps and Canada, where Mount Whymper bears his name. Our speaker is Patrick Wenham, Head of Haslemere Preparatory School and himself an experienced climber – so well equipped to shed light on this great man.

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