High peaks are all around; covered with the everlasting snow that defies the heat of the summer. The Mont Blanc, far away to the west, extends in a long jagged line and looks almost slender in the distance. Close by, to the north, stands the Matterhorn, a massive tower, a huge chunk of rock, alluring and forbidding at the same time: a giant that called many adventurers to their death, the most enticing siren of the Alps.

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