Matterhorn Ext back in Chamonix

Hello and greetings from Chamonix, France!

Today is Sunday, July 13th. Our team of three climbers and two guides made an amazing effort on Mont Blanc over the past three days. Deep snow, avalanche danger, and difficult climbing conditions caused the team to turn around approx. 350m from the summit. Typically Mont Blanc has many climbers on the mountain working their way towards the summit. This team encountered less than 10 other climbers on the upper mountain during the past three days.

Despite not reaching the summit of Mont Blanc the team feels like they achieved a major goal by helping to push the route towards the summit and sticking their heads out in the bad weather over the past three days.

Tomorrow we are going to switch paces and head to Zermatt, Switzerland. Our goal of climbing the Matterhorn has been changed due to the massive amount of snow and wet summer. We will be making summit attempts on the Briethorn, Castor, and Polux. All three peaks are over 4,000m and on the Italian/Swiss boarder.

Below are a couple pictures when the sun came out for a brief moment yesterday (July 12th).

Thanks for following our cybercast and we will have more updates from Zermatt!

Jonathon Spitzer
IFMGA license mountain guide
Alps Program Director
Alpine Ascents International

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