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Mattern Hornli Hut

The Alps deliver, despite some challenging conditions

For the last two weeks of August, Mon­i­ca G. and Jody R. joined Moun­tain Mad­ness on climbs in France and Switzer­land. Mont Blanc was one of the options but we switched to oth­er goals due to rock fall haz­ards on the Gouter Couloir.

The Alps are with so many objec­tives that it is easy to change your itin­er­ary. So, we instead climbed the Cochon on the Clocher de Plan­praz, a beau­ti­ful spire on the Aigu­illes Rouges. Then the Petite Aigu­ille Verte and final­ly the Aigu­ille du Tour. Three rocky peaks in the French alps, all of them clas­sics of the massif.

(All pho­tos by Joshua Jarrin)

Approaching to the Clocher d Planpraz

Approach­ing to the Clocher d Planpraz.

Summit of the Clocher Cochon

Jody and Joshua the sum­mit of the Clocher-Cochon.

Final ridge of Petite Aiguille Verte

Mon­i­ca on the final ridge of Petite Aigu­ille Verte.

Aiguille du Tour

Jody on the Aigu­ille du Tour.

Summit of Aiguille

Joshua and Jody on the Sum­mit of Aigu­ille du Tour.

The climbs in the French Alps pre­pared the team for the sec­ond part part of the trip: the Mat­ter­horn. On the 25th we trav­eled from Cha­monix to Zer­matt. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, a recent storm had just dropped lots of snow on the moun­tain. We con­sid­ered oth­er options, but the sum­mit of the Mat­ter­horn was the goal, along with the expe­ri­ence of being there. With the con­di­tions in mind, we went to the Hörn­li hut, set on giv­ing it our best, but know­ing we might need to turn around due to conditions.

Indeed, the snow con­di­tions were not favor­able. With the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a tricky, snow and ice-cov­ered descent caus­ing con­cern, we decid­ed to go back to the Hörn­li hut. Since it was still ear­ly in the day, we crossed over to the Bre­i­thorn and climbed this peak, a great con­so­la­tion prize! The Alps are always so great because of the diverse climbs to be done in maybe not the best con­di­tions, which proved to be the case for us- a hap­py fin­ish to the trip and a lofty summit!



View from the Hornli hut

Mon­i­ca and Jody enjoy­ing the view from the Hörn­li hut.


Ear­ly morn­ing ascent on the Mat­ter­horn. Due to lots of snow this year we turned around.

Mon­i­ca and Alber­to on the sum­mit of Breithorn.

~ MM Guide Joshua Jarrin

(All pho­tos by Joshua Jarrin)