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Ascent of Testa Grigia on 1952-08-29

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Guide Gottfried Perren
Date:Friday, August 29, 1952
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
Peak:Testa Grigia
    Location:Italy/Switzerland
    Elevation:11414 ft / 3478 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our ascent of the Breithorn earlier in the morning, Gottfried and I climbed the Klein Matterhorn, then crossed the broad snowfield of the Plateau Rosa, an area popular among summer skiers, to Testa Grigia on the Italian-Swiss border. The summit of the peak is the upper terminus of the Breuil-Cervinia cable car. Snowcat service to the border is available from the Swiss side. After a hot drink, down to the Gandegg Hut (9,965') to rejoin wife Marilyn, followed by the short walk to the Trockener Steg cable car (9,670') and our return to Zermatt.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5964 ft / 1816 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5964 ft / 1816 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2, PD-
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Overcast, then clearin
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3720 ft / 1133 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1476 ft / 449 m; Extra: 2244 ft / 683m
    Loss on way in:2244 ft / 683 m
    Route:via Breithorn, Klein Matterhorn
    Start Trailhead:Gandegg Hut  9938 ft / 3029 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3720 ft / 1133 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1476 ft / 449 m; Extra: 2244 ft / 683m
    Gain on way out:2244 ft / 683 m
    Route: X-C over snowfield
    End Trailhead:Gandegg Hut  9938 ft / 3029 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Breithorn-Klein Matterhorn-Testa Grigia (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
3Testa Grigia1952-08-29 c5964 ft / 1818 m
Total Trip Gain: 5964 ft / 1818 m    Total Trip Loss: 5964 ft / 1818 m



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