ZERMATT, Switzerland — At 74, Ulrich Inderbinen had his first dental appointment. At 82, he entered his first ski race, and at 84 he made his last ascent of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.
He has just turned 88 and is still climbing 12,000-foot peaks four times a week as a guide for less-experienced and much younger climbers.
Inderbinen is Switzerland's oldest mountain guide--and possibly the oldest in Europe.
He has scaled the 14,690-foot Matterhorn 300 times in the last six decades. But in 1982, he struck that famous Swiss landmark from his schedule for fear that it could be too dangerous for his clients.
"I am taking it a little easier," he said. "But I will continue in my job as long as I can."