The Matterhorn, the Eiger and Mont Blanc. It barely needs any explaining. These three peaks represent the quintessential mountains of the Swiss and French Alps.
August 6, 2018 - August 15, 2018
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Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.
The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
WHERE SHOULD I FLY INTO? YOU CAN FLY INTO GENEVA AIRPORT OR THE ZURICH AIRPORT. ZURICH IS A BIT CLOSER, BUT GENEVA WORKS FINE AS WELL.
HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORTS TO GRINDELWALD? BOTH OF THE AIRPORTS FEATURE A STATE OF THE ART TRAIN STATION RIGHT BY THE AIRPORT. TRAINS LEAVE IN EVERY DIRECTION EVERY HOUR. FROM GENEVA YOU WOULD HAVE TO CATCH A TRAIN TO BERN, FROM THERE TO INTERLAKEN AND FROM THERE TO GRINDELWALD. FROM ZURICH YOU WOULD TAKE THE TRAIN TO BERN, THEN TO INTERLAKEN AND FROM INTERLAKEN TO GRINDELWALD. TRAVEL TIME FROM THE AIRPORTS TO THE HOTEL IN GRINDELWALD IS ABOUT 3 TO 4 HOURS WITH TRANSFERS.
FOR ACCURATE SCHEDULE INFO, PLEASE REFER TO: HTTP://MCT.SBB.CH/MCT/EN/INT-GAESTE.HTM
WHERE DO WE STAY THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP AND IS IT EASY TO FIND? WE WILL HAVE RESERVATIONS FOR YOU AT A CONVENIENT HOTEL. WE WILL COMMUNICATE HOTEL LOCATION AND TRAVEL DIRECTIONS TO YOU.
WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO ZERMATT AFTER THE EIGER CLIMB? YOU WILL BE WITH A GUIDE WHO WILL ORGANIZE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR YOU OR WE WILL HAVE A CAR AT OUR DISPOSAL.
WHERE WILL WE STAY IN ZERMATT? WE HAVE GOOD FRIENDS IN ZERMATT WHO OWN THE HOTEL CITY. CHRISTOPH AND ANJA ARE AVID OUTDOOR PEOPLE THEMSELVES (CHRISTOPH IS A MOUNTAIN GUIDE AS WELL) AND THEIR SMALL HOTEL WILL BE A WELCOME RESTING SPOT AFTER THE MATTERHORN CLIMB. www.cityzermatt.ch
HAVE YOU GUIDED THE MATTERHORN BEFORE? YES, MARTIN HAS GUIDED THE MATTERHORN ABOUT 20 TIMES AND RINALDO HAS GUIDED IT MORE THAN THAT ON MULTIPLE ROUTES.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT COOPERATE? THAT IS A POSSIBILITY. ALL WE CAN DO IS OUR PART BY BEING PREPARED. SINCE WE ARE FROM THE AREA, WE HAVE MANY ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS, WE HAVE TRANSPORTATION AND THE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE. WE WILL BE MOBILE. YOU UP YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCEEDING ON THE MATTERHORN BY ESSENTIALLY BEING PREPARED TO CLIMB IT RIGHT AWAY IF YOU HAVE TO, MEANING YOU DO NOT TREAT THE FIRST FOUR DAYS AS A LEARNING HOW TO ALPINE CLIMB PHASE. A PERSON WHO IS FIT, CAN GET READY TO BE GUIDED UP THE MATTERHORN IN A FEW DAYS, BUT THIS MIGHT BE THE WINDOW WHERE THE WEATHER IS GOOD.
AS EXAMPLES FOR GREAT PREP CLIMBS, PLEASE LOOK AT OUR NORTH CASCADES PROGRAMS LIKE THE CLASSIC NORTH FACE ROUTES OR THE MIXED MOUNTAINEERING COURSE.
I SEE THAT YOU ARE DOING MONT BLANC LAST. WHY IS THAT?THE MONT BLANC ASCENT IS PHYSICAL, BUT NOT THAT TECHNICAL. WE SHOULD BE WELL ACCLIMATIZED BY THEN, BUT MIGHT BE A BIT FATIQUED. THIS IS WHY THE DETAILPROGRAM SUGGESTS THE CLIMBS THAT REQUIRE A BIT MORE CONCENTRATION FIRST. WE DO STRESS THAT THE ITINERARY IS MOST AND FOREMOST DICTATED BY WEATHER AND GENERAL CONDITIONS. THIS MEANS THAT THE ORDER OF ASCENT COULD CHANGE. EFFECTIVELY, THERE IS NO WARM UP PERIOD TO THIS WEEK IF THE WEATHER IS ON OUR SIDE. GOOD PREPARATION IS ESSENTIAL.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE? AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THEM? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.