This week in our Time Travel series, we’re trekking our way through the history of mountaineering.
History’s first recorded mountaineer is Antoine de Ville, lord of Domjulien and Beaupré, who climbed Mont Aiguille in 1492. Although mountains and climbing have been an aspect of human culture and religion for centuries, mountaineering didn’t emerge as a sport until the 1850s, when Sir Alfred Wills made it fashionable.
Mountaineering soon shifted its attention to climbing the world’s highest peaks and besting the world’s unexplored ranges. Western climbers headed to the Himalayas in the 1870s, and in 1953, Mount Everest’s peak was finally surmounted. Following the climbing craze of the past 130 years, mountaineering took on a commercial angle in the 1980s and started appealing to a wider array of recreational climbers.
Flip through the gallery above to see how mountaineering has changed over time and climbs.
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Travel’s News Editor.