Three brits, one New Yorker, one Argentinian and three Ozzies made up our international team for the Weissmies this last week. Everyone had been on various different trips, with the Matterhorn planned for some and Mont Blanc planned for others.

The SE ridge of the Weissmies would makes a great training and acclimatisation route for the Matterhorn, and for the Australian team the Weissmies was a fitting mountain for a weeks mountaineering trip.

We decided to ascend and descend the SE ridge rather than making a traverse of the mountain, to take into account conditions and give ourselves an added challenge. It also meant we had a few options for the third day as well. The weather on the day was pretty cloudy and we only got fleeting glimpses of the surrounding peaks of the Swiss Valais, so it was an atmospheric ascent.

The climbing behind the hut was excellent, and something I hadn’t tried on previous trips. Definitely a place to return to with rock shoes and a rack of quickdraw. Lots to climb there.

Congratulations to everyone who made the summit (seven left the hut and seven to the summit) and thanks to guides James and Fede for helping out on the trip, a great three days.

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Team photo heading up to the Almageller hut

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Early morning near the strait of the route proper

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James belaying Brett and Elliot over a rock step

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James, Elliot and Brett just after the main scrambling

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A few steps to the summit

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Laura and Fede near the summit

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Rock climbing behind the Almageller hut

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Lots of great routes just ten minutes walk from the hut