Quiet on the Matterhorn

Following on from our Weissmies trip, Chris and I headed straight over to Zermatt to meet Erik and prepare for our planned Matterhorn ascent. After a very hot and dry early summer, it was a bit of a shock to see the Matterhorn looking more wintery. A few teams had been summiting (or trying) but basically the mountain was in less than ideal condition. Coupled with regular afternoon thunderstorms, it was definitely far from certain that we would be able to get very high on the mountain, but we had a couple of days to climb around Zermatt first. We...

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