With the race behind us, we made our way from Zinal to Zermatt where we would finally be able to make use of the 40 lb. duffel of climbing gear we had been carting around with us.
The goal was a peak called Castor, a popular local summit, and one of Europe’s “4000ers”. The combination of easy access from the Klein Matterhorn tram and a straightforward snow climb results in a large number of people on the route this time of year. We haven’t been out in the mountains much in this part of the world, so the thought of others on the route didn’t bother us. Besides when you’re new to an area it’s sometimes good to have a few others around just to make sure you’re actually going the right way.
And we were back in Zermatt in time for an afternoon beer with our friend Lyndsay. And the vacation continues.