August 8, 2013
IMG guide Matt Farmer just reported in from a private climb in the Swiss Alps. This 8-day program started on August 5 with a plan to train and climb in the Chamonix area followed by an attempt on the classic Mittellegi Ridge of the Eiger. Here’s what he had to say:
The (Eiger program) is going great. In order to beat the weather arriving Wed/Thursday we started strong throwing them into the deep end day 1 & 2. We traversed the Aiguille d’Entreves Monday and stayed at the Torino hut. An early start Tuesday allowed us to tackle the Dent du Geant unacclimatized before the arrival of stormy weather Tuesday afternoon. They both rallied and we had great summits on both those peaks.
We had a rest/rain day Wed to avoid drowning and then had a super fun day today climbing the Arete des Cosmiques in full stormy winter conditions. We had the route all to ourselves, imagine that!
Tomorrow we will climb some classic alpine rock in the Aiguilles Rouges before heading to Grindelwald Saturday morning.
I’ll keep you updated on how the Eiger logistics progress but we are looking good. The guys are climbing well and we have a viable window coming up.”