What kind of preparation is required before the Matterhorn?
We highly recommend you have done at least a weeks alpine mountaineering before booking a Matterhorn climb. This will give you both the skills and experience to increase your chance of success on the Matterhorn, as well as your enjoyment! The ascent of the Matterhorn should be part of your alpine career, rather than the beginning of it.
Previous alpine routes featuring some scrambling will stand you in good stead. The Weismeiss traverse, Cosmiques arête, crouches traverse etc. Preparation in the UK is also a very good idea and many of the classic scrambles in the Lake District and north Wales are perfect practice days. They will increase your fitness as well!
Being out in the hills for eight to ten hours gives you a good idea of your fitness, equipment and skill levels. We also run one and two day alpine preparation days in the south-west where we run through various technical lessons as well as plenty of practice on real rock. Contact us and we can look at your previous climbs and suggest a progression before the Matterhorn.