Adventuretime with Daniel: Climbing the Breithorn to 4164m / by Frederik van den Berg

From Klein Matterhorn (right) to the Breithorn (left) at 4164m. 

From Klein Matterhorn (right) to the Breithorn (left) at 4164m. 

Back in October I went for a Sunday stroll up the Uetliberg with Daniel, and one week later we were climbing to the peak of the Breithorn at 4164m.

While on the Uetliberg, Daniel was asking all sorts of gear questions for a planned climb to the second highest peak in Africa two weeks later, so I half-heartedly recommended doing some acclimatization. The following day he had chosen some options and invited me along, and after a bit more research we were booked and on our way to Zermatt. 

Zermatt in Autumn

Zermatt in Autumn

Our Austrian guide, Hans, led the rather leisurely hike across the glacier and up to the peak. The way up was easy, although the thin air gave me a bit of wooziness and burning muscles.

On the way down the wind picked up to gale force gusts, splattering pieces of ice into our faces. The final twenty minutes crossing the glacier were rather painful because of my thin gloves with numb fingers, full bladder, headache, and that damned wind. I preemptively cancelled a future arctic crossing just because it felt like I had already experienced it. 

After escaping the wind, regaining my fingers, emptying the bladder, and a few high fives all was good again. 10/10 would do it again. 

Of course I lugged my camera up the moment, so please enjoy some photographs. 

The uglier side of the Matterhorn

The uglier side of the Matterhorn

Glaciers all around

Glaciers all around

The top of the Breithorn was so windy I thought a helicopter was taking off on the other side of the ridge. This is also where Daniel's iPhone fell out of his pocket and bobbled gently down the mountain, to be found in a few hundred years when the glaciers have melted. 

The top of the Breithorn was so windy I thought a helicopter was taking off on the other side of the ridge. This is also where Daniel's iPhone fell out of his pocket and bobbled gently down the mountain, to be found in a few hundred years when the glaciers have melted. 

The more celebrated side of the Matterhorn. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal, but you've surely seen this view enough times...

The more celebrated side of the Matterhorn. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal, but you've surely seen this view enough times...

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A selfie podium for those who need it

A selfie podium for those who need it

A finishing highlight of the journey - riding in a car on a train!

A finishing highlight of the journey - riding in a car on a train!

Next year already has a few more 4000ers on the list, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by,
-FVDB