The first peak of our traverse of the Zermatt - area skyline peaks, including Pollux, Castor, Lyskamm, Parrotspitze, Signalkuppe, Zumsteinspitze, and Dufourspitze. Fun climbing and a great view from the summit!
Beautiful day. Took us 3.5 hours form Klein Matterhorn to summit. Back down to the base, traverse to the base of Castor and summited this in another 2.5 hours. Traversed the Castor ridge to the Felikjoch and down to Quintino Sella Hut in another 1.5 hour.
fine day, good conditions. Climbing the steep part with the chain was not that easy. One of us lost a crampon there that we had to find back in a steep couloir.
We reached the summit in perfect weather and had an all around fabulous day.
Again and now with two Friends, Karel & Reinier.
No good view and more people on the top
One day link-up of the Breithorn, Castor, and Pollux
Got out of d'Ayas hut without really knowing what we wanted to do, we simply followed the Italian groups up the glacier. When the crowds turned for Castor we naturally went for the SE ridge of the Pollux (from the saddle connecting the two).
How to make an easy ascent difficult- Even if looks like a rocky ridge, smells like a rocky ridge and behaves like a rocky ridge all the way up, if the guidebook says that it's "mix" climb - do not leave your crampons down at Col. :)
heavy fog,i'm not sure had reached the summit!!!
From bivacco Rossi et Volente we climbed Castore and Poluxe in the same day... Nice tour
a long day started at 3.00 am until 8.15 pm,
so more than 17 hours started at the Mezzalama hut.
riched the top at 10.00 am and than back to the car in Italy. lets say speed topping but than not so speedy.
Thanks to Désirée as a partner and friend.
Took the cable car to the Klein Matterhorn before the noon and walked over the glacier to the start of the route. Glad there were not many other climbers on the route at the time since the falling stone really would have formed a serious problem.
After the scrambling through the couloir the route appeared to be a nice snow walk to the top.
We ( Tim and I) started after a stay overnight at the bivacco Giorgio Rossi-Cesare Volante at 3750 m with the Castor(4228m)westflank and started at about 0900 hr at the SW-ridge of Pollux.Just below the statue the rope is replaced by an iron chain and could be a little problem in winterconditions .Very nice summit because we were totaly alone on Castor and Pollux .
Climbed the SW Ridge in about 7 hours round-trip from the Klein Matterhorn station. A little congestion at the fixed chains, but what a great route!
We climbed the Pollux at Juli 2000 on winter (!) conditions. A suisse mountain guide with skis at his backpack climed behind us, he was going down the Pollux West face with skis .... crazy conditions !
There was alot of snow on the peak the day I went up and the famous chain at the rock section were almost completly burried. I Found this section not very difficult since the exposure is not great but I could see it giving trouble to inexprianced climbers.
The path on the top was tricky since I was the first climber that day I had to break the trail all the way as I was alone I was acting very carfully because I though there was a cornice danger.
Once on the peak and looking back I could see there was no danger but better safe than sorry I allways say.
Fortunetly the party that followed me up was guided and the guide just ignored my meanderings and took the correct path along the ridge.
Again part of the 5 day Monte Rosa tour. 10 summits above 4000m in 5 days.
This was my first 4.000 meter in the Alps. Not that difficult. For me it was because of the exposed rocks. So I stopped the group twice. I said I will retourn alone. After some dicussion - "don't act like a danish gote" - we all climbed fast and easy to the summit.
On the way down I met two americans on the way up with their suisse guide. One of them would like to turn around, but was stopped. "I am a prisoner, he cried to us.