Matterhorn #2, summits Weissmess!

Hello from Zermatt, Switzerland.

Yesterday all climbers successfully summited the Weissmess (4017m). We did a unique and very cool traverse of the mountain as we ascend the South ridge via 3rd and 4th class rock and steep snow up to the summit. We reached the summit just before 10am and then descend the NW flank back into the Saas Grund valley. Below are some pictures from our climb yesterday.

Last night we had a great celebration dinner in town. We shared our favorite memories and learning experience from this past week of climbing in the Swiss Alps. Today all climbers departed Zermatt working there way back towards home.

This concludes our final Matterhorn program of the season. As of Sept 1st 2014, there has been very few teams to successful reach the summit of the Matterhorn this summer. According to Swiss weather reports this was the wettest summer since 1963. July had 25 days of measurable precipitation in Zermatt with most of that falling in the form of snow on the Matterhorn. Swiss Alpine Center said there records indicate this being the worst summit success rate on the Matterhorn they can date back to.

We would like to thank all our climbers and guides for a great season on the Matterhorn.

Thanks and keep up the great training and climbing around the world!



  • The Notebook: When should I climb Rainier?

    Alpine Ascents climbs Mount Rainier from May through September. We are often asked which dates to choose, so here we break down the merits of each month. Mount Rainier’s Climbing Season(s) Mount Rainier can be climbed year-round. For climbers willing to adventure, even the more challenging shoulder seasons can provide interesting climbing or skiing. A […]

  • Hardshells: Waterproof Pants & Jackets

    Why do we use full-zip hardshell pants for alpine climbing? What exactly are hardshells, anyway? What features are important in hardshell jackets or pants? Why is it important not to bring half or quarter-zip hardshell pants into the high mountains? Here we answer some common questions with a few anecdotes and a few unavoidable facts. […]

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part 2: Breakdown

    Welcome to Part 2 of our Food Planning for Mountaineering blog series. This post will breakdown the mysteries of building a proper meal plan for backcountry travel. Whether you are headed out on an overnight trip or a week-long expedition, you should be able to pick up some helpful tips and meal ideas as we […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International