Weather in the Alps Won’t Stop the Madness
This summer hasn’t been the best in the Alps in terms of the weather and therefore the conditions. It has been raining a lot and the high peaks are covered with fresh snow. The good news is that in the Alps it is fairly easy to go to a different area and still get a great day of alpinism. Following that idea, we just finished a trip in Europe with five summits instead of three.
A variety of descent options. Joshua Jarrin photo
At the beginning we were lucky and we could reach the summit of Petite Aiguille Verte and Mont Blanc, this last one a beautiful clear day. After that, we went to Switzerland and the conditions didn’t allow us to climb Matterhorn. It has been weeks since anyone has climbed the peak and in pictures it looks like it could be winter, so we looked at other options.
A beautiful Alps summit. Joshua Jarrin photo
Instead, we climbed Rifflehorn and Pollux. The first, a fun rocky peak on the Gornengrat area and the second, a very interesting 4000m peak located on the border of Italy. I enjoyed this climb with IFMGA guide Angela Hawse, Dawn W. and Scott A., both long time climbers with Mountain Madness.
The summit ridge of Pollux. Joshua Jarrin photo
For the final part, Scott and I came to Switzerland and climbed the Mönch, again taking advantage of the few good weather days on the season. Here are some additional pictures of this successful trip!
On the summit of Pollux. Joshua Jarrin photos
~MM Guide Joshua Jarrin