Since the approach from the Bietschhornhütte to the North Ridge was in bad condition, we were forced to attempt the West Ridge. A quite straightforward climb, but rather strenuous due to the bad rock quality (don't complain about that, you know it in advance). Alltogether very rewarding to reach the summit.
The summit cross is not standing on the real summit, which lies a little bit further along the summit ridge (cairn)!
Climbed the Bietschhorn solo in a day from Ried (Lötschental). The ascent took me 6 hours (valley to summit). Obviously, the Bietschhorn is one of Switzerlands' most beautiful and striking mountains. The Westridge is ok (apart from the shitty and loose middle part, where you have to traverse into the southface...). Altogether a memorable climb.
Beatiful mountain. We were the second Seilschaft this year, got beaten by two guys who went up the East face. Supposedly the conditions were very good because we were early in the season and there was still lots of snow on the route.
Bietschhorn 3934m: climb about the northridge (S/IV). An absolute ingenious Tour. But also demanding and long
Congrats to Bietschhorn!!! One of the most beautiful mountains in the Alps...... !
Did the normal route, even on a sunday in high season with optimum weather forecast there were only about twenty people on the way to the summit. Bietschhorn hut was fully booked though, but we had decided in advance to bivouac right below the ridge. Great night, very still + cozy; lots of meteoroids (Pleiades).
Nice + very scenic climb. As often -- the more you diverge from the ridge the less solid the rock is... did most of the route without rope.
Whoah... what a mountain...
It's name isn't the King for nothing...
Very nice route on a wonderfull mountain....
Being very (too) young, we fortunately retreated quite early in the ridge. We where too slow and a bit frightened. Two hours from leaving the bivi hut we where back again only to find the weather deteriorating. I want to come back some time, must be a great long climb.