Sat 6th Jul - Sun 21st Jul, 2024
KMC Zermatt meet 2024
6th-21st July 2024
Zermatt is a well-known alpine mountaineering area in south-west Switzerland on the border with Italy. The area is known as Valais and is famous for skiing in winter, mountaineering in summer, and is home of the epic pyramid of the Matterhorn, one of the most famous and familiar peaks in the world.
The Zermatt area is also home to another 37 mountains of 4000m+ and many more of lesser altitude. There are 15 mountain huts and a plethora of ski lifts which permit access to the mountains. In the summer months alpinism, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and via ferrata are the mountain sports on offer (although there is talk of summer skiing on the glaciers), and in July 2024, the KMC will visit for a few weeks to explore and enjoy the mountains there.
The Valais area has three main settlements along the valley that are connected by a train/shuttle. The valley runs south to north. Going south (up) the valley, the three settlements are Randa, Tasch and Zermatt is at the end. Zermatt is a pedestrianised area and cars are not permitted there. To get to Zermatt one must take the shuttle which takes 20 minutes from Randa, and 12 minutes from Tasch.
The club will be camping in Randa This can be reached by car and by public transport, and has shuttle links a short walk from the campsite. It has direct access on foot to the Dom (4546) and its connecting massive to the east, and the Weisshorn (4505) massive to the west sides. The Zermatt area is easily reached by taking the shuttle. Here there is access to the Matterhorn (4478), Dufourspitze (4633), the Dent Blanche (4357) amongst many many more…it will be an amazing trip!
The club will be visiting for 2 weeks between Saturday 6th July to Sunday 21st July 2024. Attendees are free to join the meet any time for as long as they wish.
Travel to Randa can be made by flying to Geneva, Milan or Zurich, and transfer by car or public transport. It is also possible to drive directly to Randa, or to take public transport directly. Costs will vary. Please plan your journey well in advance.
The club will be camping in Randa at Camping Attermenzen. The campsite is large and well equipped. The campsite will be made aware of the clubs’ arrival, but attendees must book their own pitch. Booking your camping in advance is advised. Details can be found here:
Skills and competencies:
Valais is a huge mountain area that is full of activities for all mountain enthusiasts of all abilities, however, please be mindful of your skills when considering what activities you want to do. For example, a gritstone rock climber may climb single pitches competently, but a long alpine rock route may require knowledge and skills in multipitch climbing, self-rescue and technical navigation too. A scottish winter climber can move technically using an ice axe and crampons, but an alpine climber needs skills in glacier travel, avalanche awareness and crevasse rescue. Since the club is a really a group of friends, matching people in good, well-balanced partnerships is important to keep people safe. It’s no big deal, just be honest and you’ll make the right partnerships!
IMPORTANTLY, a crevasse rescue revision day will be arranged in spring at Ty Powdwr. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the meet leader if you want to talk more about skills and competencies.
The Swiss Alps: Cicerone, ISBN 9781852844653
The 4000m Peaks of the Alps: Alpine Club, ISBN 9780900523663
Swiss Alps, Vertebrae Publishing, ISBN 9781910240557
Valais Alps East, Alpine Club, ISBN 9780900523625
Valais Alps West, Alpine Club ISBN 9780900523618
Mapping and apps:
A very handy free mapping app of the Swiss alps (yes it’s the real stuff): https://schweizmobil.ch/en/switzerlandmobility-app
Outdoor Active have full mapping for the area on there app. This is by paid subscription, but there are other benefits:
The Swisstopo maps can be bought at Stanfords. The links below are for the 1:25K versions that cover the whole area:
Other useful info/links:
What to do now?
If you are interested and want to come please click the intend to attend button, or contact the meet leader directly. Then start planning your summer mountain adventure! It's going to be a epic trip and I really hope to see you all in Switzerland this summer.
Different meets require varying levels of experience and fitness. Please speak to the meet organiser before the meet if you are concerned about any issues with regard to the meet or your ability to participate in the activities proposed. Contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.
If you are considering coming along to a club meet, please read the following:
"I accept that mountaineering, climbing and walking are activities with a risk of personal injury or death. I am aware of and shall accept these risks and wish to participate in these activities voluntarily and shall be responsible for my own actions and involvement."