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Lyskamm Traverse € 0

The traverse of the Lyskamm ridge is for sure one of the most interesting outings of Monte Rosa – Breithorn range and of Valais Alps. For the experienced mountaineer there are not many technical difficulties – the traverse is rated AD (fairly difficult) and has a short rock climb with grade II+ moves and on the east and west side of the two summits some steep ice and snow slopes and ridges up to 45 degrees. But the ridge is high – mostly above 4400 m – and in long parts razorblade sharp with – depending on the snow conditions – sometimes huge cornices on both (!) sides, to the south and to the north. A winter and spring rich with snow helps to moderate the difficulties – this is how I get acquainted with the ridge – a hot summer with poor snow stimulates icy conditions and the ridge can be a nasty piece of work. The same goes with fresh snow cover.

The traverse of the Lyskamm ridge is for sure one of the most interesting outings of Monte Rosa – Breithorn range and of Valais Alps. For the experienced mountaineer there are not many technical difficulties – the traverse is rated AD (fairly difficult) and has a short rock climb with grade II+ moves and on the east and west side of the two summits some steep ice and snow slopes and ridges up to 45 degrees. But the ridge is high – mostly above 4400 m – and in long parts razorblade sharp with – depending on the snow conditions – sometimes huge cornices on both (!) sides, to the south and to the north. A winter and spring rich with snow helps to moderate the difficulties – this is how I get acquainted with the ridge – a hot summer with poor snow stimulates icy conditions and the ridge can be a nasty piece of work. The same goes with fresh snow cover.

The traverse of the Lyskamm ridge is for sure one of the most interesting outings of Monte Rosa – Breithorn range and of Valais Alps. For the experienced mountaineer there are not many technical difficulties – the traverse is rated AD (fairly difficult) and has a short rock climb with grade II+ moves and on the east and west side of the two summits some steep ice and snow slopes and ridges up to 45 degrees. But the ridge is high – mostly above 4400 m – and in long parts razorblade sharp with – depending on the snow conditions – sometimes huge cornices on both (!) sides, to the south and to the north. A winter and spring rich with snow helps to moderate the difficulties – this is how I get acquainted with the ridge – a hot summer with poor snow stimulates icy conditions and the ridge can be a nasty piece of work. The same goes with fresh snow cover.