Matterhorn Trip Report (#21969)
- Signed By: Davidhur
- Date submitted: April 06, 2010
- Date(s) climbed: September 3, 1971
- Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
My brother and I were led by guides from the Hornli hut to the summit. We walked up to the hut from Zermatt so made no use of telecabins. The weather was perfectly clear and quite chilly at the summit.
The ascent was not difficult and in those days the only rope was at the overhang. The real difficulty perhaps true of much climbing involved the descent since the hut appeared almost directly below the summit. Most was done facing outward from the rock surface except for a couple of pitches that required more care.
It was a pleasure to enjoy drinks at the cafe in front of the hut before walking back to Zermatt. Climbing this route without a guide would be quite challenging unless one has serious experience. Even the route finding isn't clearly apparent so one could wander out onto the east or north faces and get into trouble in a hurry.