A group of climbers who made it to the top of the Matterhorn were astonished to find a kitten at the summit. Apparently it had made its way up there without any human assistance, perhaps following some other climbers. The climbers put the kitten in one of their backpacks and carried it back down.
While the story seems hard to believe, it's pretty well documented. The website Cervinia Icons
has a brief article written in 2016 by one of the climbers, Luigi Orombelli, who found the cat. From his account:
Shortly after seven o’clock a lone mountaineer arrives on top: he’s about my age, confident, elegant.
We introduce ourselves, but the conversation is soon interrupted: we hear strange noises. “It must be those guys” says Daniel, indicating the group of climbers playing around the Swiss peak. The calls continue and more start sounding like a mew. But, suddenly, two ears appear: a cat is struggling on a thin ledge just below us, meowing and rushing toward us. The meows and his movements revealed fact that he was cold and hungry.
Climbers at the Matterhorn summit with cat
Coshocton Tribune - Sep 7, 1950
Category: Cats | 1950s