Solvay Hut : World's Most Insane Alpine Cabin

Vertical ascent to reach the hut - Via climbingthematterhorn.blogspot.ca

Vertical ascent to reach the hut - Via climbingthematterhorn.blogspot.ca

Via climbingthematterhorn.blogspot.ca

Via climbingthematterhorn.blogspot.ca

Via climbingthematterhorn.blogspot.ca

Via climbingthematterhorn.blogspot.ca

Famous in the world of mountaineering, the Hörnligrat is one of the most sought after ridges. Renown for breathtaking views, 360 degrees of alpine peaks and the infamous Matterhorn leering above. If the view alone isn't enough, this northeast ridge is also home to the most insanely (for lack of better word) placed cabin anywhere - the Solvay Hut. A tiny gem quite literally hidden among the cliffs, rocks and boulders along the vertical ridge leading to the Matterhorn summit. This notorious landmark has, to date, taken over 500 lives of determined individuals seeking to reach the top. Thus the structure - named after Ernest Solvay - was erected in 1915, fully equipped with 10 beds and a radio phone to serve for mountain emergencies only - However when you're at 13,133 ft (4,003 meters!) who's to say what constitutes as an emergency? If you're in real danger, this cabin could be a life saver. If you're in real need of a coffee... The cabin could do the same. 

If your eyes are good enough, you can spot the cabin in the middle of the photo, half-way up the ridge

If your eyes are good enough, you can spot the cabin in the middle of the photo, half-way up the ridge

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