one day link up of the Breithorn, Pollux, & Castor from Zermatt.
No technic difficulties but very nice shape mountain.
Very nice conditions
Departed with fellow climber Ricardo from Val d' Ayas Hut (above Quintino Sella Hut) at around 5:00 AM. Worked our way up the Glacier and arrived to the foot of the Castor in about 1.5 hours. It is a short climb from there, however there is a tricky 25-meter, 40-45º ice wall before reaching the final ridge to the summit so it can get crowded and slow (take a couple of ice screws). Once you've reached the snow ridge, keep your coolness and don't look down to the sides, just concentrate on your feet. Don't think about doing this ridge without a rope.
After a badly sleepen night (because of the snowfalls from both Pollux and Castor) in the Zwillingsjoch we started early and climbed the normal route to the summit.
The final ridge was beautyful and pretty aerial. Summit itself was crowded with climbers from Italian huts.
We ( Tim and I) stayed overnight at the Rossi and Volante bivouac hut and started with the Castor and after that we also climbed his twin Pollux via the SW-ridge.Nice Day !!
Good day, very hot on top and ridge nice and narrow.
Interesting Mountain and great views.
Good prelude to other more difficult peaks in the area.
An easy peak with a nice view. We had a perfect day, and very good snow conditions. The only difficulty were a few meters on the final ridge, a bit exposed.
We reached this beautiful snow peak in late afternoon, thus without people, after long route from Grenzgletscher (and unsuccessful atempt on Lyskamm traverse), over Passo del Nasso and via normal route from Rif. Q. Sella. Descent to Zwillingsjoch where we camped in our tent (nice place with amazing views but rather windy). Next day we saw another tent 10 min. further in direction to Kl. Matterhorn (just under the Pollux normal route) on good, windless place.
Two perfect days. No wind, no haze ... only Bettaforca's Chair lifts were closed (we were in October there), and get up/back from/to Stafal (Gressoney la Trinitè) was tremendous!
Short and easy tour from bivac about 2h.....
Perfect view at sunrise. Same day we climbed its little brother Pollux.
We had a perfect day. The weather was so good that even Monviso seemed to be in the nearby neighbourhood.
In the morning we had climbed the Pollux. Climbing the steep slopes of the Castor in the strong sun at noon was not really funny. On the summits big clouds occured and we hurried down to the Sella hut to avoid getting into a thunderstorm.
Only a few hours of good weather allowed us to reach the summit. Less people but a lot of new snow. Nice route, especially the final summit ridge is somewhat exposed.
Set off to climb despite two days of bad weather in Zermatt and more in the forecast. Conditions were OK initially, but a bad storm hit just as we reached the bottom of the face. Visibility was minimal and there was no track, which made navigating the glacier somewhat difficult. We reached the foresummit (4205 m) after some steep ice climbing and found very poor snow conditions on the summit ridge (lots of new, poorly consolidated snow, blown into a sharp knife edge by the wind). We started towards the summit but turned around about 15m short, having deemed the conditions too dangerous to allow a safe descent. The storm worsened as we returned to the Klein Matterhorn and on the Breithorn plateau visibility was limited to about 10m. It's easy to see how people have become lost there and died only a few hundred meters from the cable car.
Coming from the Rifugio Guide de Ayas, we reached the summit around 9 AM.
Perfect weather conditions with a wonderful view.
Further down to Rifugio Quintino Sella.
My first alpine 4000m-peak. Relatively easy glacier trip.
The snow ridge is a bit exposed. Perfect views of Monviso, Gran Paradiso, Mt. Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, ...
just one more 4000 on the Monte Rosa tour.
I teamed up with a guide and a german guy. We had to stop at 4.000 meter because of the germans bad leg and my broken crampoon. I've be back.