Geneva — Ulrich Inderbinen, a Swiss mountain guide who made his last ascent of the Matterhorn at the age of 90, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 103.
Called “King of the Alps” by admiring foreign tourists, Mr. Inderbinen died in his sleep at home in the southern Swiss resort of Zermatt on Monday, according to a family announcement in the daily Waliser Bote of Brig.
Mr. Inderbinen, the country's best-known mountain guide, only stopped work at the age of 95. Even in his 90s, he regularly climbed peaks of more than 4,000 metres and estimated that he stood on the summit of the Matterhorn — “the most beautiful mountain in the world” — at least 370 times.
“I have never felt bored,” he once said in an interview with The Associated Press. “That is unless my clients walk too slowly.”