31st August 2016, Walker Spur, Eiger, Matterhorn

Despite a light overnight snow shower on the Matterhorn and a dusting of fresh snow above the Solvay Hut this morning, conditions were good and the fresh snow had burned for the descent. Similarly good conditions on the Eiger today with teams doing the traverse via Mittellegi Hut and down the South Ridge. Despite the very short season the hut is now considering it’s closure, depending on weather but as early as next week if the weather turns for the worst.

Teams are primed to climb the Walker Spur on the Grandes Jorasses North Face tomorrow and at the Leschaux Hut tonight. The dry conditions have seen ascents of the spur over the last week or so but apparently the red chimneys are icy and the upper face is mixed and thus not all as dry, hot and loose as last year.