The famous 'flag' of clouds of the Matterhorn.
Checking our gear at the parking lot in Täsch. How the hell can we carry all that stuff?
Rick lifting the cooler, you can read his face "do we have to bring along all that beer?"
Following the tourist road to the Hörnlihut
Getting closer to our goal, the mountain hides behind the clouds.
At the Hörnlihut I'm taking a picture of the beautiful Weisshorn (in the background at the right end). In the middle you can see the Zinalrothorn another great peak in the Walliser Alps.
The winter entrance to the hut....
The morning of the climb. Fog is covering Zermatt in the valley, to the right you can see the ice-covered Hörnliridge and the roof of the Hörnlihut below us.
Sunset during our late descent. The last light is shining on the summits of the Dom and Täschhorn.
On a beautiful morning Rick is peeking out of our tent after a good overnight rest after the climb.
Nice view to the Breithorn (middle-left) and the Kleines Matterhorn (middle-right). The similarity to the Breithorn gave the Broad Peak in the Karakorum his name.
Okay, thats the goal. We are right now sleeping in one of the tents you see at the bottom. There are several nice campsites right beside the Hörnlihut at 3200 Meters.
Sunrise! Of course we've started the climb already at night, I think it was 4.30 or so but I recommend starting even earlier if you're camping and not staying in the hut.
Hey, where's the route?
In fact this is a major problem at the Matterhorn. And the traffic jams, the ridge was packed with climbers!
The peak is coming closer.
Unfortunately we don't have pictures showing the climbing action.
Rick at the top. Monte Rosa is visible to the right.
Looking down to Zermatt (1600m). Four Eyes looking down, hundreds looking up!
Okay, I was also at the top. In the background you can see the cross which is located at the swiss/italian border.
We lost a lot of time due to traffic jams and the fact that we were not adapted to the altitude, so the night was quickly falling during our descent. It was a beautifull moonlit night and we reached the biwakbox (Solvayhütte, 4000m) at midnight. It was already packed full so I had to sleep under the table. It was bloody cold, too.
Good Morning Solvayhut.
The place where I spent the night. Rick had so little room he had to cross his legs and arms to squeeze in.
Watch your step when you leave!
An action-picture at last! Using the rope to descend from Solvayhut.
Yeah! Beer! We are back at the Hörnlihut and there is just one thing better than a beer: another one!