Doing Breithorn solo. My first 4000.
Long walk from Zermatt to Gandegg and via Testa
Grigia to summit. Snow in the evening followed by beautiful day. Windy though. First on summit.
With skis. What a great descent on south face! Unfortunately it ends immediately ...
It's a long way if you walk all the way from Zermatt!
My first 4000 metre peak. What a feeling! Until today 9 times on top, last ascent in August 2010.
Bad weather forced us to do a not very demanding tour. Nevertheless for a short period, exactly when we reached the summit, clouds disappeared and we had a nice view.
Climbed with Monica & Tanya Spicker. Tanya 8 years old - her first 4000 m. peak.
The Breithorn is commonly regarded as the easiest 4000er in the Alps and probably also the most climbed one. Knowing this, it is not really a surprise to us, that standing outside the station on Kleine Matterhorn, we can see a multitude of cordees, marching in rows like disciplinary ants towards the summit of the Breithorn. The mountain looks almost as Zermatt's main shopping street with all those tourists... and today I will be one of them... hmmm...I never really thought of myself being a tourist...
Our daughter's first 4000 m peak at the age of 8 (almost 9). Climbed with husband Fred Spicker.
Fast and beauty climb from refuge to top of West Breithorn and Central Breithorn: AD- the west ridge of East Breithorn.The snow is good.
The clear blue sky looked very promising as we took the cable car to Klein Matterhorn. We enjoyed the view while ascending the Breithorn. But about 100 meters below the summit the weather conditions changed. A strong wind was blowing snow in our face limiting visiblity to only a few meters. The photo we took on the summit could have been taken anywhere in the world. But the bad weather gave an extra glance to an otherwise easy ascent.
It was a very fine climb for acclimatisation and training. We had a nice view.
We took the cable to Klein Matterhorn at 5:15 AM and were on the summit very early. The climb is easy and the view at the summit is spectacular.
On sunny days the route is very crowded and it can be really hot, starting early is the best thing to do.
Great little peak to start of a week of 4000ers around the Monte Rosa massif.
Normal Route from Klein Matterhorn -- July 21, 2001 -- After summitting Monte Rosa the day before, I decided to try and sqeeze in one last climb before returning to the US. I was told by several climbers that the Breithorn is an easy solo, so I headed up to the Klein Matterhorn in one of the first cable cars of the morning. There were a ton of skiers heading up as well. When I got came out of the tunnel from the Klein Matterhorn, the route looked pretty ease, but some ominous looking clouds were starting to roll in, so I decided to head up as quickly as possible. Being well acclimatized from my climb on Monte Rosa, I was able to climb quite quickly and passed several guided groups (sometimes as many as 8 on a rope). I reached the summit just in time to see 3 climbers topping out on the north face, a much more formidable climb than I had undertaken. I took some photos from the summit, but views weren't that great due to the building clouds. While I was on the summit, a guy in black tights and tennis shoes showed up. He had no ice axe or crampons, only two ski poles. Admittedly, the Breithorn is an easy climb but that seemed downright foolish. I watched as he headed down, struggling to control his speed. Soon I headed down as well, passing huge crowds still on their way up. After some cable car problems on the way down, I made it back to Zermatt and ran to catch a train to Frankfurt for my flight home.
Half Traverse -- July 16, 2010 -- Stopped by Zermatt on my European road trip with Mary and did the very popular half traverse. It was Mary's first time on an alpine route of this type and she had a bit of a hard time with the exposure. We made good time, completing the traverse in about 6 hrs. The climbing on the rock section was outstanding.
Great little summit. Most likely the most accessable climbed 4k I have ever seen. The day I was there a guide took two 75 year olds up with out any problem at all.
Must say it was the best skying in 20 years or if you are like me the worst climbing in 30. There was a full winter load of snow on top with 30cm the night before (skiers where in heaven) But it was warm 20+ and not a flicker of wind. It was like walking in mud on the way down very sticky snow.
Left the Hotel at 03:30 and made it to the Kline by 09:00 to team up with the large mob of climbers doing it that day and was on top by 11:00. Had fun Glazeing all the way back down to the hotel. Took only 2 hours.
Very easy acclimatisation route with spectacular views. Well worth going up.
Nice and easy acclimatization. Breithorn look dead-frightful from the north, and like a sleeping child from Kleine Matterhorn and the south.