After many years since I had last been climbing on high mountains (Mt Kenya long ago, plus some easy peaks in Britain, Norway and Italy), I decided in 2007 I should do an alpine trip seeing as I was living here in Switzerland. So I contacted a guide and he suggested we climb Weissmies. At 4023 m, Weissmeis is the western-most 4000m peak of its range near Saas Fe (not far from Zermatt).
So in July 2007, we drove to Saas Fe and left the car in the valley below and climbed up to a hut at almost 3000 m.
We had a leisurely evening at the hut, broken only by the excitement of watching a couple of climbers in the last light descending a ridge to the top of a large cliff behind the hut. They abseiled down the cliff, requiring several stages to get to the bottom. After a little sleep, it was a 3 am start from the hut.
We had started climbing by torchlight at 3 am and were already fairly high when the sun rose.
The summit ridge was steep and involved some easy rockclimbing on boulders – at least it would have been easy if it was at sealevel. At 4000 metres, wearing crampons, and feeling the lack of oxygen, it did not feel easy.