A trip to the Monte Rosa – Matterhorn region of the Swiss Alps

Below are some photos from a trip to the Monte Rosa – Matterhorn region of the Alps in late September 2011. Our plan was to climb the main Dufourspitze peak of Monte Rosa. At 4,634 metres (15,203 ft),Dufourspitze is the highest peak completely inside Switzerland. Our start was delayed three days by bad weather, with heavy snowfalls and we no longer had enough time for this trip. So instead we set out to climb Pollux, which involved around 5 km travel on a glacier at close to 4,000 m.

Yannick breaking the trail in about 50 cm fresh snow.

Yannick breaking the trail in about 50 cm fresh snow.

A party on the way from Klein Matterhorn to Breithorn. The lower part of the Matterhorn visible on left.

A party on the way from Klein Matterhorn to Breithorn. The lower part of the Matterhorn visible on left.

Lots of fresh snow slowed us up, and also made it more difficult to spot and cross the crevasses.

Lots of fresh snow slowed us up, and also made it more difficult to spot and cross the crevasses.

The snow gave way on me crossing a crevasse like this one. I yelled and Yannick ran forward so there was no slack in the rope and I did not go down further than my thighs.

The snow gave way on me crossing a crevasse like this one. I yelled and Yannick ran forward so there was no slack in the rope and I did not go down further than my thighs.

It became clear after a couple of hours slow going over snow/covered crevasses that we did not have time to reach Pollux and back, so we headed instead for Breithorn.

It became clear after a couple of hours slow going over snow/covered crevasses that we did not have time to reach Pollux and back, so we headed instead for Breithorn.

Summit ridge of Breithorn with the Matterhorn in the distance.

Summit ridge of Breithorn with the Matterhorn in the distance.

On the summit of Breithorn (4164m or 13662 ft).

On the summit of Breithorn (4164m or 13662 ft).

Me on the summit of Breithorn with the Matterhorn in the distance behind.

Me on the summit of Breithorn with the Matterhorn in the distance behind.

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Looking east towards Liskamm (4527 m), Yannick on the summit.

Looking down onto the Schwartze glacier and the Gorner glacier.

Looking down onto the Schwartze glacier and the Gorner glacier.

Looking back towards Breithorn as we head down.

Looking back towards Breithorn as we head down.

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