Finally, summit day arrived. We were up early and out the door before dawn. It took us 4 1/2 hours to make the summit and another 5 to return to the hut. My guide, Thomas Dunnser, was an extremely good climber and guide. He had been guiding for over 25 years and I would be his 125 client on the Matterhorn.

From the Solvay hut looking up the East Face to the summit

From the Solvay hut


With guide Thomas Dunsser

Time for a little summit juice

On Swiss summit with summit ridge leading to Italian summit behind

At the top with Mont Blanc showing in left rear

Better picture of Mont Blanc

The Hornli hut

The Matterhorn when we finally arrived back in Zermatt