This tiny refuge is located on a narrow mountain ridge of Matterhorn.
Climbing the Matterhorn is considered one of the most dangerous routes.
Every year the mountain takes the lives of desperate daredevils who tried to conquer it. It is in order to give needed respite to the climbers, at the height of 4003 meters above sea level on a steep ledge built a small hut.
Hut Solvay (Solvayhütte) named in honor of the Belgian chemical engineer Ernest Gaston Solvay. Once, while on vacation in the mountains, the Belgian thought about how that must have been horrible to be caught storm in the mountains. Then he donated the money to build the shelter, which could shelter the climbers in need of shelter.
The house was built in 1915 in just 5 days. At the height of 3260 meters building materials delivered are pack animals, and to the destination they were raised on a specially installed cable car.
The cabin was restored in 1966 and after 10 years it has installed a telephone in case of emergency.
According to the unwritten rule that the hut can be visited by any climber for free, but for long stops it is not intended. There you can sit out the storm or just keep warm and drink tea.
The hut is located on the climbing route to the Matterhorn.
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