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!
Wow, this really gives one the feeling of the conditions (and crowds). Look forward to seeing your trip report.
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 !!!!
Great moment, great feeling to watch it. Sebastian
hoping a day to be there...
I wish that for you too!
Merry Christmas to you!
Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!
I would love to do this route. A really nice perspective in this picture. Incidentally, it was taken 4 days after I was born!!!
Glad you like the picture and i hope you get to do the route. Just don't rub in how old we are! :-))
I wish I would have had such visibility when I stood on this spot 53 years ago.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What is the thingy in front of the climber behind Fred? Looks metalic with a hoop at the top.
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.
Seems to be a lot of fresh snow, tricky in the decent I would think !
Excellent photo btw.
Thanks - yes you need to be very careful through this section - it probably always has some snow on it.
real action in this picture..great eike