Hörnligrat - final slopes.

Fred on the final slopes below the summit of the Matterhorn - Hörnligrat Route.

Photo taken 19 August 1985 by Monica Spicker.

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Nelson

Nelson - Feb 6, 2004 6:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Truly Exciting!

I second Dean's comment, an exciting moment and an exciting picture! If I had been hooked up to a heart monitor I'm sure it would have blipped when I saw this!

mountaindog

mountaindog - Feb 6, 2004 7:12 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Shot!

Wow, this really gives one the feeling of the conditions (and crowds). Look forward to seeing your trip report.

vandamage

vandamage - Mar 16, 2006 4:49 am - Voted 10/10

Great view !

Fred n you have climbed quite a few peaks !
I would like to climb the Matterhorn, but I have to do more training before I would be able too. I enjoyed your trip report. I have a lot of respect for u and your hubbie. Climb on !!!!

Sebastian Hamm

Sebastian Hamm - Nov 8, 2006 5:23 pm - Voted 10/10

Fantastic!

Great moment, great feeling to watch it. Sebastian

tonellophotography

tonellophotography - Jun 29, 2007 6:08 pm - Voted 10/10

:)

hoping a day to be there...

Moni

Moni - Jun 29, 2007 8:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: :)

I wish that for you too!

hiltrud.liu

hiltrud.liu - Dec 14, 2007 4:10 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice picture!

Merry Christmas to you!
Hiltrud

Moni

Moni - Dec 14, 2007 8:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice picture!

Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!

Vielen Dank!
Moni

camerona91

camerona91 - Apr 8, 2008 10:41 pm - Voted 10/10

Exciting picture!

I would love to do this route. A really nice perspective in this picture. Incidentally, it was taken 4 days after I was born!!!

Moni

Moni - Apr 9, 2008 9:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Exciting picture!

Glad you like the picture and i hope you get to do the route. Just don't rub in how old we are! :-))

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Jun 25, 2008 11:23 am - Hasn't voted

Great Day

I wish I would have had such visibility when I stood on this spot 53 years ago.

Moni

Moni - Jun 25, 2008 5:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Day

The weather was very iffy that day and we considered turning around at one point further down. Then it got decent just long enough for this stretch to the summit. The clouds closed in behind us all the way down.

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Jun 27, 2008 10:31 am - Hasn't voted

Helmets

Back in 1955 helmets to protect us from rock falls were unheard of. Mountaineering has come a long way in fifty three years. I wonder what a guide charges nowadays to pull a client up the Matterhorn. I paid my guide Emil Julen forty dollars back then. Forty dollars then is equivalent to six or seven hundred dollars now. I just read where a Matterhorn guide now cost $1200. Now that's inflation. Or is it just a strong Swiss Franc?

Moni

Moni - Jun 27, 2008 4:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Helmets

The basic cost is about 1200 dollars and most guides require you to do one other climb with them before they will take you up the Matterhorn. Given the number of idiots on the route who have no clue how to climb with minimal rock fall, a helmet is essential. When we were there they had to helicopter a guy off who had taken a rock fall on the noggin.

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Jun 28, 2008 10:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Helmets

That's inflation for you. I had to convince Emil that I was ready for the Matterhorn by telling him of my earlier ascents of the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier. The day after I arrived in Zermatt, I hiked up to the Schwarzsee and met Emil who then led me up to the Belvedere hut. We climbed the Matterhorn the very next morning.

spotly

spotly - Sep 20, 2009 5:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Metal Thingy

What is the thingy in front of the climber behind Fred? Looks metalic with a hoop at the top.

Moni

Moni - Sep 20, 2009 7:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Metal Thingy

Big piece if metal rod heavier than rebar from which to belay of rappel as needed. The rock is horrible and there's no other way to protect this piece which is actually in the north face. As you can see, a lot of people climb the Matterhorn daily.

These belay rods are fairly common on the more popular routes in the Alps.

mills

mills - Oct 2, 2009 10:30 am - Voted 10/10

Excellent

Seems to be a lot of fresh snow, tricky in the decent I would think !
Excellent photo btw.

Moni

Moni - Oct 2, 2009 7:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent

Thanks - yes you need to be very careful through this section - it probably always has some snow on it.

eikehugo

eikehugo - Feb 17, 2010 2:05 pm - Voted 10/10

great picture

real action in this picture..great eike

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