Lucy Walker 150

Mountaineer Lucy Walker made the first female ascent of the Matterhorn in 1871. 150 years later, climber Olivia Jane travels to Switzerland to follow in her footsteps.
Credit: Sam Walker



Mammut, My Switzerland

Running time

7 minutes

Country / Nationality

United Kingdom

A woman’s place was seen as firmly in the home when British woman Lucy Walker became the first female to summit the Matterhorn. She not only managed the climb in cumbersome skirts and hobnail boots, but also overcame a deeply embedded gender bias in mountaineering, inspiring countless future female alpinists to follow in her footsteps. 150 years later, British outdoor adventurer Olivia Jane travels to Zermatt to follow in Lucy's footsteps. This short film follows her as she prepares for the challenge, learns more about Lucy Walker, and explores some of the most beautiful alpine scenery in the world.