Going just out of season we used the winter section of the hut as a base, very warm and comfortable. Left early with clear skies to do the SW Ridge, an enjoyable scramble and then onto the snow ridges to the top. Well worth the effort for the views over looking the Jungfrau, Eiger and glaciers etc.
Nice climb. A little more involved than we thought, steep exposed snow at the top. The owners of the Monchjochshutte were very nasty people.
Fantastic Ski - Tour to Mönch 4107m.
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Talk about a way to get dirty looks. New skool crampons fit fine on sneakers so I packed them with an axe in my suitcase for a business trip to DE and headed to CH to visit friends Luki, Beni and Rolf for the weekend. Maybe it was a little cocky but no one got hurt and it was fun to see reactions. I was basically in a shell, hoodie, jeans and running shoes. It was my groin that was cold but we made it up the normal route and we had a good time in the hut. I think it was the first 4000er tha Luki and Beni had made it up, but not the last.
Great way to avoid crowds on this popular mountain, when we were climbing no one else was on the west ridge at least since the last snow.
A few words on Monchjochshutte - WTF is wrong with its caretaker/owners? Haven't seen such rude reception in any hut in my life...
Great weather, great panorama, great route. Very advisable to do this mountain like that and going up a different way than the normal route.
Decending normal route is ok though.
Climbed the SE Ridge solo from the Jungfraujoch before a night spent at the Monchjochshutte in preparation for the Jungfrau the next day. Beautiful day with beautiful weather.
Took the first cable car of the morning to the Jungfraujoch from where I headed solo for the Mönch traverse. I slipped at the very base of the route and managed to cause a very deep and strongly bleeding cut to one of my fingers.
I climbed relatively fast tackling the most straight forward line to the summit onto which I arrived 1 hr 50 min later. The ridge itself was nice and it featured the most splendid view to the direction of Interlaken. From the summit I descended to the Mönchjochhütte for an overnight stay.
Thanks for bringing my memories back, I was there in 1989.
Really nice climb with SP member Sebastian Hamm.
The first part of the ridge we climb in the South flank (~50-60°), then we went on the ridge and enjoyed our climb. The summit was in clouds but sometimes we had a great view on the ridge like sitting in a plane!
Very nice, but the summit was in clouds.
I have done the trip with SP member schmid_th .
I Had done the Mönch in winter 2004 via SE-Ridge Solo, but I had to turn around in the last icy rock-steps at 4000m.
Weather had been pretty bad over most of the previous 10 days, and monday morning of climb wasn't looking great. As we made our way from Jungfraujoch, things got a little worse - it started to snow again, and the wind was getting stronger - but still nothing scary. The going was difficult due to the volume of fresh snow present, and much of the rock was verglassed. Within a couple of hundred metres of the summit it was obvious that we weren't going to make it. The wind was VERY strong, variable in direction, and driving ice straight into our faces, with visibility down to just a few meters - definitely not the weather for walking a 1/2 meter wide summit ridge. After a brief conference with the team that had come up behind us, we headed back down. So, it was a cold, windy climb, with nil visibility and no summit. But it was bloody great fun, and there's always another day. Besides, the Rugenbrau at - a deserted - Kleine Scheidegg still tasted great !!!
Cool to look DOWN on the Eiger which towers above Grindelwald. Thunder and lightning on the mountain during the night but it cleared up in the morning and off I went. I guess it is an easy climb, but it was very exposed on the summit ridge.
Climbed in the early morning mist but cleared to fantastic views on the way down. Conditions were perfect for me as I'm not afiad to admit I'm a little nervous walking on what could be likened to a snow covered garden wall at 4000M!
The indian curry we had on the Jungfraujoch afterwards was weird but funny...
A wonderful climb, thought it would take us a day from the Guggi Hutte to the summit and down, but due to snow conditions and our overall speed we had to bivy at 3800m. The weather held out which is the main thing.
The route is great and not too technically difficult.
Going from Jungfraujoch up the south-east ridge in terrible weather. The wind was hard and the snow was coming in horizontally. Great feeling to stand on the summit though the view was nil, (September 3, 1990).
From Jungfraujoch we this time went direct on to the south-west ridge in full sunshine. There was good rock climbing the first part of the route and snow and ice from ”Nollen” to the summit. We were rewarded by a perfect view over to the Eiger. No other people were around, (August 23, 1995).
I tried this peak with my friends Pau, Pepe y Dani. We climbed all Aletsch glacier and after we tried this summit.After that return descending the 24 km of the glacier another time.
The peak was in very bad conditions. The guides had opened path since false-summit. We try to open path until summit, but it was very dangerous and decided go down very near of the summit.
Wonderful route climbing the 24 km of Aletsch glacier!! 3 days
Beautiful clear conditions. The corniced summit ridge was out of this world.
This might have been an awesome mountain. Couldn't tell though, the visibility was never more than 50 ft. the entire time. Nasty wind on the final summit ridge. Ice axes were buzzing on the way down.