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Ascent of Mönch on 2010-07-06

Climber: Thomas Burley

Others in Party:Brian Jones
Randy Bosma
Jim Legh
Steve Wheeler
Chris Lawrence
Date:Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
Peak:Mönch
    Location:Switzerland
    Elevation:13474 ft / 4106 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rode the cog train up to the Jungfraujoch and hiked to the Monch Hutte and overnighted there. The next morning we set out just before dawn up the SE ridge of the Monch, climbing in overcast and then white out. The rock climb at the bottom was straightforward. The snow higher up was soft and well tracked. The summit ridge is spectacular and exposed, but the boot track was good, although soft. The weather started to clear as we were on the summit and was glorious once we got off the summit ridge. A great introduction to climbing in the Alps. We returned to the hut for the night and climbed the Jungfrau the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2142 ft / 652 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2142 ft / 652 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, White-out
White out to summit, clearing on descent
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2142 ft / 652 m
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Jungfraujoch  11332 ft / 3453 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2142 ft / 652 m
    Route:SE ridge
    End Trailhead:Jungfraujoch  11332 ft / 3453 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2010 Swiss Alps (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mönch2010-07-062142 ft / 653 m
2Jungfrau2010-07-073622 ft / 1104 m
Total Trip Gain: 5764 ft / 1757 m    Total Trip Loss: 5764 ft / 1757 m



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