A triple anniversary gives reason to start the biggest summit project in the history of mountaineering: 200 years ago, on August 3rd 1811, the brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer from Aargau, Switzerland, climbed the first four-thousander in Switzerland, Jungfrau summit. 200 years of exciting mountaineering history followed, mainly driven by the British rope teams of the 19th century who were followed by further rope teams from around the world.
Simultaneously, the historic Jungfraubahn railway, which was built by Adolf Guyerzeller, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. Today, this “structure of the century” attracts mountaineers and tourists from around the globe who want to experience the famous trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On 3,454 metres above sea level, Jungfraujoch, which is also known as the “Top of Europe“, is home to the highest railway station in Europe.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary itself, Swiss mountaineering supplier Mammut will commemorate these anniversaries by organizing the Anniversary Basecamp and with it the Biggest Peak Project in the history of mountaineering on the “Top of Europe“ on August 3rd 2011, exactly 200 years after the first ascent.
150 glaring red expedition tents at the Jungfraujoch (3,454 m) will accommodate 40 international mountain guides from all over the world, including Peru, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, the USA, UK and Canada, as well as top athletes and climbing pros.
The highlight of the camp is the joint ascent to Jungfrau summit (4,158 m) on August 3rd, 2011 on all possible routes: Ostgrat, Rotbrett, Rottal and the standard route where the first ascent took place 200 years ago.
In order to celebrate the anniversaries in an authentic way, one of the teams will even tackle the standard route with historic gear.
In the course of the 150th anniversary year of Mammut from August 2011 to August 2012, 150 summit climbs will be organized worldwide, making it the Biggest Peak Project in history!
At the Jungfraujoch Basecamp, all participating mountain guides will be prepared for their tasks from August 3rd 2011.
More infos: www.mammut.ch/basecamptestevent.html