/ Matterhorn Italian ridge conditions / guides office phone #?
Is the Carrel hut ever too crowded to not have spaces for climbers? From what I've found on the internet, it's unmanned so reservations aren't possible (?)
I was in Courmayeur last week (until sunday) and asked a little bit about the Matterhorn current conditions...I was advised that conditions were not good yet since there was still plenty of snow up there. I believe it all depends on your skills and the compromise you are willing to make after all (there won't be a lot of people if you go now).
The weather was really nice and warm last week though!
You can get the Cervinia Guides office contact numbers on internet.
conditions are OK on the Hornli ridge, but not on the Italian ridge, as I was told. Given the fact that Italian ridge is meant to be shorter (from the hut to the summit), but more demanding technically, I don't think I'd want to try that if it's covered in snow. I've already had to retreat from the Hornli ridge in April 3 years ago, climbing that in snowy conditions was no fun.
Right on, man! If the weather keeps this nice and warm (hopefully not too warm) you will probably be good in a couple of weeks maybe.
I will be in cervinia in a couple of weeks to check that out myself but my bets really are in the early september option if I manage to get another week off.
Try this to see if it works: http://www.guidedelcervino.com/content.asp?ID=138
Have a nice and safe trip then! Let me know how was it when you come back!
Italian ridge done by Kilian Jornet yesterday ( Cervinia - Mattterhorn - Cerviniia ) in 4h 05m in trail shoes !!!!
He's training to beat the record of 3h 15m, this was his 2nd ascent and he reckons he'll do it about 15-20 times to learn it before he goes for record when conditions are suitable.
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