The first trip of our “Matterhorn Season” went smoothly, with Sarah and I summiting from the Hornli refuge yesterday (Tuesday 2nd August).

Warming up on the traverse of the Entreves, from the Torino hut.

Warming up on the traverse of the Entreves, from the Torino hut.

The lower pitches on the Dent du Geant

The lower pitches on the Dent du Geant

Fixed ropes on the slabs, Dent du Geant

Fixed ropes on the slabs, Dent du Geant

Steep and strenuous "climbing" on the upper pitches.

Steep and strenuous “climbing” on the upper pitches.

The Via Ferrata above Passy, a good rest day activity.

The Via Ferrata above Passy, a good rest day activity.

Just before the fixed ropes on the Matterhorn. Windy conditions.

Just before the fixed ropes on the Matterhorn. Windy conditions.

Tough conditions high up on the Hornli ridge, Matterhorn.

Tough conditions high up on the Hornli ridge, Matterhorn.

A little hug for the Madonna just below the summit on the Matterhorn.

A little hug for the Madonna just below the summit on the Matterhorn.