Matterhorn Reopened After Massive Rock Slide
Authorities reopened the Matterhorn to mountaineers on Friday after closing Switzerland's most famous mountain this week in the wake of a major rock slide blamed partly on hot weather. "The rock removal work at the Matterhorn has been completed," the mountaineering society in Zermatt -- a resort at the Matterhorn's base -- said in a statement.
The closure followed a huge slide which swept down the mountain on the Swiss-Italian border on Tuesday, prompting rescue services to evacuate about 90 climbers by helicopter.
The Matterhorn's craggy peak attracts a deluge of tourists and alpinists each year, providing a major source of income to residents in Zermatt and elsewhere in the region. Experts said a recent record period of hot weather was a major factor behind the slide, having partially melted the permafrost binding together much of the surface of the 4,478 meter (14,690 ft) peak.
ну и жара, горы - и те разваливаются :(( но хоть у кого-то хватает ресурсов их ремонтировать.
а если бы ещё голландцы их строить научились... [мечтательно]