It starts with a horizontal section, then a first series of fixed ropes, then another simpler section, a short step to the south and then? It continues upwards, straddling the rocky ridge, sometimes less than half a meter wide. And again fixed ropes, a snowy ridge, the foresummit, and shortly after the summit. In sum, it is practically an obligatory route, from the door of the refuge to the summit straddling the ridge. It is not a peak to be taken lightly, it absolutely must be avoided in bad weather, it becomes impossible with snow and black ice, it does not offer discounts neither uphill nor on the long and technical descent.
I get my backpack and check the material: 50m of rope (we’ll need a long one, there are rappels on the way down), a harness, two quickdraws, two friends, a self-locking device, an ATC (tube/ plate), a large locking carabiner, a sling with carabiners. In terms of garments, a down jacket and a goretex shell, a pair of light gloves (I prefer leather ones), a buff, sunglasses, a headlamp, a liter of energy supplements and a power gel. Obviously helmet, crampons, ice axe and that’s everything.
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Now I'm in the cot, inside my sleeping bag, it's 8.30pm and the alarm is at 3.00am, the weather will be splendid and the mountain is in perfect condition. Jamie, my client, is well prepared. It will be a great climb along the crest of this iconic mountain. And immediately it is already morning, it is still dark, we move along the ridge, while the glow of dawn slowly appears behind the peaks.
Then it lights up red, and the light is crystal in the clear air. We move fast and safe, along the fixed rope, climbing a short chimney, climbing the tower and walking along the ridge that levels out after the foresummit. We walk along the summit snowfield, we take the rocky crest again, and behold, we can't go up any further! Around us, the peaks of the Oberland, Mönch, Jungfrau, Aletschhorn, Finsteraarhorn, below Grindelwald and at my feet the Eiger wall.
As mentioned by Massimo, InMont has actively collaborated in the testing phase of the new Garmont G-Radikal GTX boot, providing valuable feedback for the development of the product. Working with those who live and work in the mountains every day is essential for Garmont: only in this way is it possible to develop footwear that really adapts to the needs of our customers.