Climbed the S-ridge till the Madonna in extremely bad weather and icy conditions. Next day climbed the E-flank to the summit.
Climbed the SW Ridge starting from the Bivouac Rossi e Volante and continued down the SE Ridge in order make the traverse with the Castor.
On the lower cracks the fixed lines are definitely welcome, but the fixed line on the last wall is absolutely not necessary, since there are plenty of holds and placements for protection.
The bivouac was messy. We cleaned it as much as possible and took down whatever garbage we could carry. Area around the bivouac is public toilet, so be careful when searching snow to melt.
One of the nicest normal routes on a 4000m peak in the Monte Rosa area. Great rock climbing and a fine summit ridge. Climbed together with Roeland and Pieter from the Ayaz Hut. After Pollux we climbed Castor.
First ones to summit that day. At our descent it was really crowded at the fixed ropes below the ''Madonna'', we were glad to leave at that time. Still, we had to wait for 30 minutes to get down the fixed ropes.
great climbing on ice and rock from the Guide d'Ayaz hut. always great in the Monte Rosa!
Perfect weather the whole week. We ascended the Breithorn, Castor, Pollux, Parrotspitze and Signalkuppe. Slept at the Monta Rosa Hut.
With my son Keith, climbed both Pollux and Castor from Rossi e Volante Bivvy Hut. We did furthest away, Castor via WNW Flank first - and then did Pollux via SW ridge, 'on the way back'.
All in all, this was a fantastic day out, in near perfect conditions - a real stroke of luck after all the uncertain weather recently.
The chains described in my guidebook (and featuring in photo on this page) at the crux of the route have been replaced with thick fixed ropes by the way. The first part of this section involved an easy traverse, but then an awkward move up over a jammed boulder, which was a little strenuous. The 2nd part of the crux section was steeper, but very easy, on big incut holds, making fixed rope scarcely necessary. Both parts of this crux section needed about 15m each run out of rope and were adequately provided with secure bolts to clip into and act as runners/belays.
From Mezzalama Hut
Great weather, nice summit.
From Klein Matterhorn. Beautiful day, some clouds came in late but great summit views. Quite warm with the sun and many parties out and about.
Day trip from Klein Matterhorn. Combined it with an ascent of the Caster, which we climbed first.
Really liked this route. We skied in, with great snow conditions, to Pollux's base. Snow was nice and firm going up the snow gully. Rock was clean and fairly solid going up. Enough variation on this short climb to keep it interesting.
Climbed the SW ridge with Pol adn came down via the W snow slope.
Nice safe climb!
From Mezzalama Hut.
Great climb, got quite the tangle going with impatient parties trying to cross paths though.
Up the normal route and down the east ridge
We came from Klein Matterhorn and Breithorn the day before. Pollux was my favorite peak of the trip because I enjoyed the route. After Pollux we also did Castor, and Ludwigshoehe the next day before descending the Gorner Glacier to the Monte Rosa Hut. At this point I had to descend all the way to Visp to get surgery for a strange illness and we were not able to climb Dufourspitze as we had planned.
Together with Castor on one perfect day from Ayas hut.
Climbed with gimpilator and Ryan. We made good time on the way up, but got held up by ascending parties on our way down.
Climbed it from the Ayas hut, the day started crystal clear, but weather got worse during the day. After descent and on our way back to the hut did we experience white out, I couldn't even see my own boots.