Matterhorn is quite a spectacular mountain. It is definitely nice to look at, but climbing it is more like fighting with a pile of rubble. Well, at least most years (See here, for example). This year was different. Due to wet summer, there was plenty of ice everywhere. And the classic north face has formed into an enjoyable ice climb. With the excellent weather forecast for the weekend we had to get on it.
|Early start. In the dark we missed the exit of the snow ramp into the face.|
|Frieder on the right track now.|
|Perfect conditions. Plastic ice and neve.|
|Some sketchy traversing.|
|Frieder midway up the face.|
|One of the final traverses.|
|Ready to run down !|