I climbed from Bordierhutte with an early start after some overnight rain. The route is not challenging but can be tiresome, picking over many rocks. There was fresh snow high up, some ice, so it was necessary to use crampons from Gross Bigerhorn to the summit and back, making a fresh path up the snow slope to the north summit (there is ice under this but I'm not sure whether it is a glacier). Avoided most of the snow (glacier/bergschrund!) between the north and south summits by keeping to the rocks, which was slower but safer.
Nadelhorn Ulrichshorn to Groß Bigerhorn - great tour.
Climbed from Bordierhut via Gross Bigerhorn and returned the same way. I was alone and had the hut and the mountain for myself - the advantage of beeing there out of season.
Beautiful views.Start very early from Bordier hut to catch sunrise on Gr.Bigerhorn.Steep icy/snowy slope near Balfrin north summit is the most diffulcut part of the climb.Allow 3.5-4hours to reach Balfrin and then 1.5 back to Bordier hut via south ridge then Riedgletscher/crevasses!!/grade PD-
Traverse Mischabelhut - Ulrichshorn - Balfrin - Gr Bigerhorn - Kl Bigerhorn - Bordierhut.
Made the traverse of the Balfrin when heading to the Bordierhütte coming from the Mischabelhütte. The rocky part starting from the Riedpass is easy, as well as the snowy ridges. The biggest obstacle is descending Balfrins NE face when going to the Gross Bigerhorn, this is quite steep and difficult when icy.
This was a nice trip to start the holidays. It is not hard and the distance is OK. Good look at Nadelgrat. Back to Bordierhut big crevasses. Watch it!!!!
I remember that we had to go up very early at 3 a.m. because a that unpleasant time is the breakfast at Bordier hut for those who intend to climb the Nadelgrat. The traverse of Groß-Bigerhorn first was rocky, but easy, to the two summits of Balfrin there was hard firn that required crampons. Fine view to the Nadelgrat. After Balfrin we descended to Riedpass and traversed Ulrichshorn to Mischabel hut.
Its was the beginning of a long trip, starting from the Bordierhut via Gross Bigerhorn and than the Balfrin NW finally the Top.
Very nice climbing over the ridge (UIAA 1+). Standing here you have a very nice view to de Nadelhorn and Stecknadelhorn.
Descending to the Riedglacier over Ulrichshorn 3925m, down to Windjoch and Mischabelhut