First repetition and first clean descent.

When i saw this line for the first time i felt like i was living in Paris and hadnt seen the Eiffel Tower. A perfect couloir on the west face of her majesty the Materhorn was just around the corner.

Me and Dominik went for a look a few days later and climbed 1/3 of the way up but the weather got cloudy and the snow stayed hard so we down climbed and had a nice playfull run on spring snow lower down.

The season later i still felt like the couloir was ridable and the line looked amazing, yeaahhh you dont get a clean entrance from the top but the environement of the location definitly make up for it. After seeing a photo a friend took from an heli flight during those days we went for it, only to meet this monster bergschrund at the exit.

This definitley shook us down and we knew that a fall could have the worst consequesces with this thing at the bottom. We spotted a clear exit point that didnt need abseiling and on the exit line.

After scrambling around a tricky boulder section to avoid the bergschrund we started to realize how steep the terrain really was.

Step after step we gained our way to the top and felt exhausted by the time we got there. I improvised a relaxing belay and pretty soon the time had come to get rid of the fears and drop in. The snow had softened to the sun in an uneven way which made a bit unsure. Actually I have never had so much doubt in my head before about riding a line but as I felt the grip on my edge I was relieved I wasnt going to slide down the whole face to end up inside the monster bergschrund.

We did take it really conservative for the first 200m and only when the snow loosened a bit more so did we and started really enjoying to ride. The second half of the couloir with the small jump over the bergschrung followed by a fast exit turned out to be a lot of fun.

It is probably one of the most striking couloirs in Zermatt (there aren’t that many around here) but the exposure is great and the risk very high an we don’t think we will repeat this descent any time soon.