I am new in this forum and need an advice. I would like to climb one of the Swiss 4000 in late June (27 or 28) with my 11 years old son. In my opinion both of us have adequate experience and training for the trip but this being with a child I try to be on a cautious side. All routes involve glacier travel and in my opinion for glacier travel there should be at least two adults on the rope so I am probably looking at hiring a guide especially in the region yet unknown to me. We are somewhat limited in time – it is a business trip for me with a few free days afterwards. I would appreciate any advice and answers to some questions I have.
- From the information I found (Internet, Goedeke book and guide offices in Zermatt and Saas Fee) it seems to me that the most pleasant ascent feasible to us is Allalinhorn by Hohlaubgrat from the Hohlaub/Metro-Window at 3200m. However having just a few days (and being together with my wife and daughter who do not climb) I would rather stay in Zermatt than in Saas Fee. Does it make any sense to do Alallin from Zermatt in a day?
- Would Breithorn be overcrowded this early in the season? Zermatt office markets The half-traverse of the Breithorn which I am not sure exactly what. Anybody had experience with it? Is it worthwhile?
- I have very limited experience with guides. In fact the only professionally guided ascent I ever made in my adult life was Chimborazo in Ecuador. Any considerations I should have? Any recommendation of a guide in the region? At the 4000plus site I found only one guide in each of Zermatt and Saas Fee Section that lists children mountaineering as his speciality, is it any indication? Do they mean the same as I when talking children mountaineering or do they just mean entertaining small kids?
Thanks in advance,