Photo Information - Lagginhorn South Ridge, Switzerland

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Climbing on the South Ridge of the Lagginhorn  

The South Ridge of the Lagginhorn is a great route. It is one of those classic Alps climbs that goes and goes and goes. Never technically extreme, but always interesting and occasionally complicated. Climbers had better be efficient in moving over exposed but moderate terrain to be able to keep to guide book time.

Behind is the Weissmies, another 4000er rising high above the Saas valley. The normal route on the Weissmies climbs the crevassed glacier on the right. On this trip, Chris Kulp and I climbed the Weissmies via the South Ridge, on the other side and descended the normal route, visible here. After a night in the Hohsaas hut just out of sight down below, we climbed this route on the Lagginhorn. These folks are another guide and his guest, with whom we more or less climbed all day long.

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