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Matterhorn Trip Report (#19222)

  • Signed By: Bill Hood
  • Date submitted: September 27, 2006
  • Date(s) climbed: 18 August 2000
  • Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Not technically hard but... Be in great shape, especially legs and lungs. Go rock climbing for several months, or use an indoor wall if this is your only option. Learn the proper technique for fixed ropes. This will be important during the long crux after the shoulder. On the day, carb up big and take plenty of drink. With this preparation, a friendly guide and a head for heights, you will have a good chance of making the summit via the Hornli Ridge. The dangers are unrelenting and the scale is bigger than you might imagine, but all the holds are there. It's as mentally hard as it is a physical challenge. The most intense 10 hours of my life, but when it's over you will never regret the experience. It will give you a better perspective on life and make you realise that things you used to stress about are not really that bad. I hope to do it again someday. Good luck, Bill

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