Posted on: July 27, 2015
This year’s weather and conditions are just perfect for the Matterhorn ascent. The Hornli ridge is nicely dry and the weather is stable.
On the fist day of the course, we drove to Val Veny on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif and climbed to the Monzino hut by the via ferrata. We did abseiling exercises in the afternoon and walked above the hut to locate the start of the route we were going to climb the next day. On the second day we climb the South West ridge of Aiguille Croux, also called Cheney ridge (AD, 600 meters). It is a very nice climb on a solid rock, technical at the end. A perfect route to practice climbing in mountaineering boots - important training for Matterhorn. We had an unusual encounter with Pipo, the cat who lives in Monzino hut. He was lost in the mountain and followed us half of the route…. We went down by abseiling the normal route of Aiguille Croux. We did the traverse of Aiguilles d ’Entreves on the third day. A glacier approach and a very nice rocky route which helped us to acclimatise as it is at 3500 meters. The fourth day supposed to be a rest day with an easy and short climb of the Petite Aiguille Verte but the icy and dry conditions made us to work hard to win the summit! On the fifth day we drove to Zermatt and hiked up to the Hornli hut for the night. We woke up early the next day to climb the Hornli ridge to the summit of the Matterhorn. Big day!
Congratulations to David, Takako and Kevin - good efford!!
Big thanks to our UIAGM mountain guides Yves, Fleur and Jerome for their great work!