ZERMATT GUIDING AND A FAILED ATTEMPT ON A LONG TRAVERSE
I’ve been in Zermatt for some days now, guiding a bit and when not guiding I try to cover as much terrain anjd meters as I can. This weekend I had a group on the Monte Rosa hut. Good snow at the start and good weather at the end. We stayed two nights at the hut and did some skitouring from there.
When I finished sunday afternoon I quickly repacked my backpack, changed skies and took the lift to Kleine Matterhorn. From there I skied to Rifugio Guide Val d’Ayas on the Italian side where I spent the night. The next day I planed to do a complete traverse of Liskamm starting from Castor and ending at Signalkuppe. But I only had light skitouring gear, no climbing axes or proper crampons so I was not sure if the traverse of Liskamm would go. Liskamm is a big mountain and the ridge between the west and main summit is proper.
Conditions on Castor was super with nice tracks, but I soon realised that no one been on Liskamm for a long time. The trail breaking was hard work and I realised that the traverse would be a bit to much alone and with the gear I had. I turned around at the west summit at 4479m. It was still early so after climbing Castor again on the way back I decided to make a bit of training out of it. I then climbed both the twins and the the main summit of Breithorn. Five 4000meter summits and 2600vertical meters was not bad after all, specially since my main plan failed.
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