A full moon hovers over the alpenglow of glaciers beneath Switzerland’s Matterhorn. Feared by people in medieval days as the abode of dragons, the Matterhorn was not climbed until 1865 by a party led the Englishmen Edward Whymper. Now hundreds make the trek up its steep slopes. Not forgiving, the peak, subject to sudden, violent storms, has claimed over 500 lives. When a full moon glistens on glaciers across the valley, the air is charged with an awful serenity.

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