Ascent of Mönch on 2010-07-06

Climber: Thomas Burley

Others in Party:Brian Jones
Randy Bosma
Jim Legh
Steve Wheeler
Chris Lawrence
Date:Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
    Elevation:4106 m / 13474 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Rode the cog train up to the Jungfraujoch and hiked to the Monch Hutte and overnighted there. The next morning we set out just before dawn up the SE ridge of the Monch, climbing in overcast and then white out. The rock climb at the bottom was straightforward. The snow higher up was soft and well tracked. The summit ridge is spectacular and exposed, but the boot track was good, although soft. The weather started to clear as we were on the summit and was glorious once we got off the summit ridge. A great introduction to climbing in the Alps. We returned to the hut for the night and climbed the Jungfrau the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:653 m / 2142 ft
    Elevation Loss:653 m / 2142 ft
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, White-out
White out to summit, clearing on descent
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:653 m / 2142 ft
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Jungfraujoch  3453 m / 11332 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:653 m / 2142 ft
    Route:SE ridge
    Trailhead:Jungfraujoch  3453 m / 11332 ft
Ascent Part of Trip: 2010 Swiss Alps (2 nights total away from roads)

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