Ascent of Monte Rosa on 2021-07-10
|Date:||Saturday, July 10, 2021|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Train|
| Elevation:||15203 ft / 4633 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDay 1: Train from Zermatt to Rotenboden then 9 km hike to Monte Rosa Hut, initially along path then across Gorner Glacier (we didn't need crampons or to rope up, but others were), then rock/boulder traverse round to hut. Took us 4 hours with one short stop.
Day 2: Breakfast 02:00. There were about 25 climbers heading up and we were the last to leave at about 03:00. Initial 1.5 km over rock, then about 3 km over the glacier before steep climb up icy slope to the ridge at Sattel. Ridge divided into three rocky sections, with the first two longer and the third harder. Final pitch up chimney to summit aided by fixed rope. Abseiled down to glacier in five(?) abseils using fixed rods, starting about 50m east of summit. Joined with another pair to cross glacier as a rope of 4. Glacier in friendly condition and no difficulty navigating past the crevasses back down to Satteltole (about 9 hours from start).
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| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Guide, Hut Camp|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Breezy, Clear|
| Route:||Swiss Normal Route|
| Start Trailhead:||Rotenboden railway station |
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