Weisshorn north ridge

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Valais, Switzerland, Europe
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Jul 26, 2001
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The weisshorn north- ridge is cold to be the most beautiful ridge on to the most beautiful mountain in the alps.
But this route is quite hard and long. You have to climb first the easy peak of Bishorn from where the long ridge starts.

We started at about 2o`clock from the cottage under Bishorn.
after three hours we stood with two other climbers and with the sunrise on our fist summit.
The ridge is first a quit easy snow slope but when it gets rocky also the difficulties get harder. Twice you have to abseil. on both sides of the ridge the rock is werry steep and feel like a bird!
The weather was nice and the wonderful mountains of the valley of "Wallis" looked just amazing in the morning sun.
After two hours climbing on the ridge we arrived at the base of famous "Grand- Gendarme" which includs 30 metres of climbing in a difficulty of about 4+.
Whilre we were climbing the fog climbed also from the valleys and we could se nothing from that moment on. After Grand. gendarme there is another long snowridge, someimes corniced how leads to the summit.
after two more hours and quite tired we arrived on top, still with fog arround us.
The mejor difficulty of this mountain are the long routes. We needed 4-5 more hours to decent to Weisshorn cottage above Mattervalley and from there on, after some beers, 2 hours to reach the valley the the village of Randa.





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