... we have had nice weather
A long day starting in the Quintino Sella hut at 6AM and ending atop the Marguerita Hut in the summit of Signalkuppe at 3PM. Took us 2 hours from Sella hut to Felikjoch and then an addtional 3 hours to complete the whole Lyskamm traverse up to the Lisjoch. From there, 1 hour to the summit of Ludwighohe, another hour to the summit of Parrotspitze and additional 1.5 hour to the top of Signalkuppe. Then a good night sleep at 4560 meters in the Marguerita hut ;).
In a nice sunny day from refugee Mantova we (Valerio and Daniele) traversed from the Zumstein to Signalkuppe, Parrot, Ludwigshohe and Balmenhorn.
Reached the summit with a group of seven people. Unfortunately, couldn't stay overnight as one of the group members got altitude sick despite a preparation time of 12 days. Simple ascent, but don't underestimate the altitude.
2200 meters the first day to reach the Resegotti bivy (5 hours) , almost 1000 the second day for the summit (8.5 hours). Exellent conditions with a lot of snow which helps to keep together the rocks. Engaging route BTW
My second 4000.Alone.Amazing experience!!!!!!!
Huhh? Which summit? I slept in the highest bed there was, so i think i reached the summit?!?
Take some time and (lots of) money with you because you must see the sun go down en come up at the Marg. Hut..... Its really amazing!
My first and last (hopefully not for long ) 4000+.
We reached Signalkuppe from Capanna Gnifetti after a hard day, all the way up with fresh snow was an exhausting uphill tracksetting but on the other hand we were absolutely alone in Monte Rosa, no tracks anywhere, nobody in Capanna Margherita. When I see this too much frequented summer routes I remember how alone we where those winter days in 1988. We had been blocked in Capanna Gnifetti for 2 days due to heavy snow fall, also we were alone there, in the winter part of the refuge, then at the third day, it looked like the sun will rise over the absolutely white mountains, so we decided to go up very early in the morning, the snow was deep and tracksetting was really exhausting, we had planned to climb Zumstein, but some of the team were tired after arriving at Signalkuppe, so we decided to go down to Gressoney, what a good ski descent!. When we reached the car, there was more than one meter of fresh snow over it.
Very nice view and its great to be here,
Tomorrow we'l go down via the grensgletsjer
We planned the traverse Parrot-Gnifetti-Zumstein, but we climbed only to Punta Gnifetti, which we reached in fog and snow. In the descent, after a brief opening which let us see a few summits, we were caught in a snowstorm.
Probably, the easiest 4000 I have ever climbed, a normal glacier walk; at the pass between Gnifetti and Zumstein, after having seen a glimpse of the Margherita hut, we decided to climb directly the short but nice steep section, to avoid the queue on the path.
There were a few open crevasses just after the Gnifetti hut. I saw a lot of people roped together in bizarre (and dangerous) ways, and some other really struggling to ascend.
For the little I saw, a wonderful place, where I must return.
Due to bad conditions on Täschhorn - Dom - Traverse, my friends Anton, Albert and Albrecht returned to Germany, so that we did not try it this year. Instead I called some other friends from the German Alpine Club in Ulm, who just came down from Grand Combin. Within 2 hours we decided to make this traverse, although we all do not like glacier walking, which is the main part of the whole trip, if you want to make the Monte-Rosa-traverse.
Finally, Wolfgang, Andreas, Michael and I climbed this traverse Signalkuppe - Zumsteinspitze - Dufourspitze on a very sunny day and with best rockclimbing conditions. Wolfgang and I climbed without using any rope.
We started the whole trip from Monte-Rosa-Hut, climbed Grenzglacier up to Rif. Magherita and returned to Monte-Rosa-Hut after the traverse. All glaciers had very big crevasses.
This was one of my greatest ascents: I was very tired after the walk from Rif.Gnifetti and I had to collect all my will to move the right leg, then the left leg, the right leg again, ... and suddenly I was on the summit! I felt great!
My third 4000's
see martin74 below...
My second time on this summit, man I love this place!
Thanks to Sergio and Cristina
Great way and great place to go. A very rewarding way.
Cold day, on skis from Ref. Gnifetti. Nice run to Zermatt
A big dream became huge reality.