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September 2020: the Italian Matterhorn Guides inform that due to rockfall the Échelle Jordan ladder is currently inaccessible. The guides have equipped a new line to the left of the ladder (in this photo) in order to reach the summit.
Photo by Guide del Cervino
September 2020: a photo of the new stretch that replaces the famous Échelle Jordan ladder
Photo by Guide del Cervino
Climbing the historic Échelle Jordan rope ladder, also referred to as the Jordan stairs, on the final section of the Matterhorn
Photo by Stefano Jeantet / Società delle Guide del Cervino
On the summit of the Matterhorn
Photo by Hervé Barmasse

Matterhorn Italian Route: Échelle Jordan temporarily inaccessible

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The Italian Matterhorn Guides inform that due to rockfall the Échelle Jordan ladder is currently inaccessible. The guides have equipped a new line to the left of the ladder in order to reach the summit.

The Matterhorn Guides inform that due to some rockfall that took place recently on the Italian normal route, the Échelle Jordan ladder located on the Lion's Ridge, a few meters below the summit,  is currently inaccessible. To reach the summit of the Matterhorn, the guides have equipped a route to the left of the Jordan ladder: this area is not affected by the rockfall.

Please note that the situation is very delciate due to the current high temperatures. The rockfall has not in any way affected the mountaineers who  climb the Italian normal route on a daily basis. It is therefore advisable for climbers who have planned the ascent in the coming days to find out about the conditions on the mountain with the Matterhorn Office Guide, and to avoid the ascent in the hottest hours of the day.

For information, contact the Matterhorn Office Guide by e-mail at info@guidedelcervino.com or by phone +39 0166 948169 every day from 9-12 / 14.30-18. The office is closed on Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.

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