The next day we decided to do an easy hike to Breithorn West Summit (4165m), which is generally regarded as the easiest 4000m Alpine peak because there is a quick and easy hike to the summit from the ski-stations at Plateau Rosa (3480m). However, when we saw a fine, east ridge of Breithorn, we couldn’t resist not to climb it. The climb itself begins with a traverse of the glaciers below the south side of the eastern peak, then some steeper snow to reach the col at 4000 meters . From here the route follows exposed but generally easy ridge over the three main towers. The route finishes with an easy walk to the east summit and a traverse of the snowy, corniced crest to the slightly higher west summit.
Fantastic way to end our visit to Cervinia region.
After two years, we returned to Cervinia with a plan to climb Monte Cervino via Lion ridge. First time our ascent ended on Pic Tynall (4241 m) due to fresh snow and snow cornices on the ridge.
The ascent to Carrel hut on 3800 m went smoothly and without any problems. However, next morning, after climbing for a few hours, we had to turn and descent back to the hut due to health issues. It was a very, very hard, but a safe decision.
Nevertheless it was an unforgetable hike in a great company, that I will always remember. Will there be a next time? I HOPE IT WILL.
Photage from the rehersal for Matterhon in Kamniške Alpe. We climbed a nice, but litlle bit crumbly ridge that leads to bivouac bellow Skuta and then ascended to Štajerska Rinka. The plan was also to follow the ridge that goes from Rinka to Skuta, if it wasn’t for my twisted ankle. Maybe another time.
I have been following this sport for quite some time on TV and in November had an opportunity to really see it. What a superb sport, a way of life actually. Old vans on the high clifs that allow a simple stay overnight and cooking. Surfers waiting for this perfect wave no matter what the weather conditions are. Who cares about work!