Weisshorn

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Details

Elevation (feet): 14,780
Elevation (meters): 4,504
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.1167
Longitude: 7.71667
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1861
First successful climber(s): John Tyndall, J. J. Bennen
Nearest major airport: Geneva, Switzerland
Convenient Center: Randa, Switzerland

Description

Weisshorn is a sharp, symmetrical pyramid, with three knife-edge ridges rising steeply to the summit. The northeast face is covered in snow, and appears as a magnificent white triangle. Its perfectly sculpted form rises near the Matterhorn (14,688 ft.), but its relative remoteness maintains its lesser known status. Weisshorn provides a superb variety of climbing opportunities, including several classic ice climbs and rock climbs. The Weisshorn deserves a fame and popularity equal to the Matterhorn, but we're just as glad if the shadow of its more famous neighbor keeps the crowds relatively low on this beautiful peak. Towering to 4506 meters, 14,780 feet, the Weisshorn is a massive 3 ridged pyramid, rising above the Zermatt valley downstream and to the north of the town. Its normal route via the East Ridge is physically and technically demanding, with long sections of 4th and easy 5th class, a tricky and exposed rock ridge requiring care and the occasional belay, and a summit snow or ice slope up to 45 degrees. The altitude is also a part of its challenge, and the vertical gain on summit day is significant at 1600 meters (5248 feet). Overall, the ascent is slightly harder than the Matterhorn, but, most climbers agree, of much higher quality.