Paul Phillips, UKC Assistant Editor, on the summit of the Mönch (4,107m)
2012 will mark the Swiss company Mammut's 150th birthday and for this it's running what it calls "The Biggest Peak Project in History". This entails a year-long project organising mountain ascents around the world. By August 2012, 150 summits will have been climbed. The sheer scale of the project is staggering.
Mammut's Eiger Extreme Range
At the same time Mammut have launched their new Eiger Extreme Range. This new range is available in the UK now and over the next few weeks UKC will be showcasing some of the key products from the range. See below for a gallery of images of the Eiger Extreme range.
But first, UKC and Rockfax Assistant Editor Paul Phillips reports from the Jungfraujoch.
I was fortunate enough to witness the grand start-up event with over 200 athletes, journalists, mountain guides and Mammut staff from across the globe.
Mammut presentation at the Kleine Scheidegg railway station
After a few presentations, one particularly memorable one featuring the Eiger as a backdrop, we boarded the Jungfraubahn to head for the Jungfraujoch at 3,450m and Mammut's Anniversary Basecamp. The sea of bright red Hilleberg tents pitched with Swiss precision on the Aletsch Glacier were a sight to behold.
Entrance to the Mammut Basecamp
Smoozing with the other journalists and guides
Although the party was great, a couple of beers at 3,500m and a 2:30am start led to an early night.
Enjoying the last of the light before the 2:30am start
In the, early hours of the next day a team of guides and leaders in Swiss industry headed for an ascent of the Jungfrau (4,158m). This also marked the 200th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain by the Meyer brothers of Aarau and two chamois hunters from Valais. I joined the rest of the journalists for an ascent of the neighbouring Mönch (4,107m).
The weather report wasn't great but we were lucky enough to have the sun peak through the clouds just as arrived at the final ridge before the summit.
Alex Messenger and co on the final ridge before the summit of the Mönch (4,107m)