The day before I climbed this route, there was 30 cm or so of new snow. As all the lifts were closed, my approach was longer than anticipated, taking 3 hours to come up from Saas-fee to the start of the via ferata.
My aim was to clip in to the via ferata and free climb all the moves. Progress up the ridge was impeded by the wet snow caused by the hotter temperatures of the day. I managed to "free" all the moves until the technical crux of the via ferata which is around a 100 m below the summit. At this point, both due to personal weakness and the wetness of the rock, I started to cablejug.
I reached the summit 3 hours after the start of the ridge, taking around 1hr 30 minutes longer than guidebook time. The descent down was steep, making itself even more treacherous with the wet snow on top.
We took the steep path up and down accompanied by friendly Ibex!
Been there twice (02-09-2013, 04-09-2010). The via ferrata is a nice route for acclimatising and enjoying the views.
2004: After a failed attempt to walk the normal route earlier in july in bad weather conditions, I managed to make it to the summit in september. Superb views form the summit.
2005: Arrived around 7 o'clock in the evening on the summit after making the traverse from Egginer to Mittaghorn. It was a big achievement for me at the time. Luckily I was already familiar with the descent. Back on our camp site at 11 o'clock in the evening.
Great scramble up an airy yet simple ridge. No need for the Via Ferrata on some of it. Good easy climb. climbed with Hamish
Stopped off to climb this on our way to the Britannia Hut for an ascent of Allalinhorn the next day. We started up the not so interesting east flank and were caught in dense fog on the upper part. We traversed over to a ridge and scrambled up rock to the summit.
Nice climb on the klettersteig on the north side of the mountain.
Climbed as an acclimatisation exercise before tackling 4000ers - the NW ridge + klettersteig is a delightful little scramble in its own right and the top of the Mittaghorn a superb view point.
Together with my wife - beautiful day!
Training climb. Arrived at the start of the climb without knowing there would be a via ferrata. Too bad this nice ridge is desecrated in this way...
via the via ferrata.
Leading an alpine club youth group (JDAV).
Our rest day while collecting some easier 4000ers. Nice via ferrata!
Easy via ferrata, climbed it as a warm-up for a week in Saas-Fee/Zermatt area.
Nice little rest day activity between 4000m peaks. Via ferrata lanyards can be hired very cheaply from the intersport in Saas Fee or Saas Grund.
My wife and I had intended to take the walkers route to the summit but we didn't walk far enough along the Brittania hut trail to find the turnoff to the summit path. Instead we ended up doing a class 2 scramble up the north east flank. Not your traditional way up the moutain but quite an invigorating scramble. The summit has amazing views of the Mischable Wall.
Nice and fun climb up the new kletterstieg. Some fresh snow on top. Icy ropes.
Warm up for my yearly Saas-week. Cloudy and windy.
Very nice view over Mischabel and Allalin.
Terrible route. I never do this one again!!!!
This was our warm up route in our 1 week Saastal adventure. A bit cloudy and quite cool with some ice on the rocks towards the top.
Reached the summit in about 4 hours from Saas Fee, with a few pitches of nice climbing just below the summit. Signed the register on top and descended by the East Flank to the Plattjen cable car. The weather had been poor for several days in Zermatt, so we were very glad to be out climbing.