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SWISS GUIDE, 90, SCALES MATTERHORN TO NOTE 1ST CLIMB

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A 90-year-old Swiss guide reached the peak of the Matterhorn on Saturday, the anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain 125 years ago.

Ulrich Inderbinen, the oldest person ever known to scale the distinctive pyramid-shaped summit, took nine hours to complete the outward and return journey, said Zermatt resort director Amade Perreg.Inderbinen last climbed the 14,776-foot-9-inch peak in 1982 but continues his work as a mountain guide on less tricky Alpine slopes in this southern Swiss resort.

The weather was clear and sunny, and the temperature at the peak was near freezing.

After returning, Inderbinen said he had enjoyed the climb, Perreg said.

He did not publicize his ascent in advance and afterward steered clear of crowds enjoying the anniversary celebrations.