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5 Hours Up, 5 Hours Down: Soloing the Matterhorn

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Illustrated Talk as part of New Mills Arts Festival.


The Matterhorn is the iconic mountain, first climbed by Edward Whymper in 1865 and on the wish list of every mountaineer.

This is the story of James’s repeated attempts to climb it, and finally doing so – solo. It was a long, challenging day, and came with a terrible postscript.


James Ellson was a police officer in the UK for 15 years, starting in London and finishing as a Detective Inspector at Moss Side in Manchester.

Currently, he wears two hats, writer and smallholder.

But he’s always been a keen climber and mountaineer. He’s climbed all over the UK, in the Alps and further afield, including Nepal. In 2004 he climbed 6,812 metre Ama Dablam.

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