Matterhorn guides raise over €14,000 with charity sale of historic Échelle Jordan ladder
The Italian Matterhorn Guides have raised € 14,631 with the sale of the historic Échelle Jordan, the original rope ladder used by thousands of mountaineers on their way to the summit of the Matterhorn. The money will go to charities fighting the coronavirus.
The Società Guide del Cervino, ie the Italian Matterhorn Guides, have sold its two Échelle Jordan rope ladders and have raised a total of € 14,631 that will be donated to associations in Valle d’Aosta engaged in battling against the coronavirus emergency. Laurent Nicoletta, the president of the Guides association, stated “We are pleased with the result. We knew this initiative might prove interesting, but we were positively surprised by the outcome."
The first Échelle Jordan rope ladder was financed by Leighton Jordan in 1869. Ever since then, the local guides Società Guide del Cervino periodically check and replace the ladder when necessary, just like all other fixed ropes located on the Lion's Ridge.
This ladders are located just below the summit of the Matterhorn, at around 4300m and are used to breach an overhanging section. This is challenging not only due to the nature of the terrain, but also because of the altitude.
The marks of thousands of mountaineers have been left behind on these rungs and the underlying rock as they ascended one of the world’s most formidable mountain.
Those wishing to contribute to the charity can do so by donating to the bank account indicated below.
CLUB AMICI DEL CERVINO
Intesa Sanpaolo S.P.A.
Via E. Chanoux, 88 - 11027 Saint Vincent (AO)
IT25J 03069 31671 100000009297
Indicating the following: "Coronavirus - offerta libera”