To the Matterhorn Summit
They set out on July 13th and camped at the base of the peak, near where the Horli Hut is today. On the 14th, they commenced their climb, noting that the ascent was actually easier than they had anticipated, even going so far as to say that, “The whole of this great slope was now revealed, rising for 3,000 feet like a huge natural staircase”. At 1:40 pm, they were at the top, with Whymper and Croz breaking from the group and making a dash across the summit ridge, finally arriving at the highest point in a dead tie. They surveyed the summit snowpack looking for footprints and could see none. Then looking down the Italian side, just 200 vertical meters below the summit they could see Carrell steadily making his ascent. They caught his attention by throwing rocks down at him (which apparently worked without causing injury), and Carrell was so disgusted at seeing their victory that he gave up then and there and returned back down to the valley floor in Italy, only to return and succeed at summiting from Italy three days later.
Tragedy on the Descent
On the way back down the team descended all roped together, but tragedy struck as Hadow slipped, and fell onto Croz, sending them both over the edge of the mountain. The weight of their bodies dragged Hudson and Douglas with them. Whymper and the two Taugwalders, hearing the shout of Croz, planted their feet firmly in the snow, but instead of suspending the fall of their companions, the tension caused the rope to snap, sending the first four climbers thousands of feet downward to their deaths, and leaving Whymper and the Taugwalders alone, turning a triumphal victory into a terrible tragedy.