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Andermatt Swiss Alps

Climbing in Andermatt by Mountain Guide Stuart Macdonald

“The mountains are my passion, my life and my home.”

Following his recent hiking exploits in Andermatt, we asked Everest sumiteer and mountain guide Staurt Macdonald to share his experience of hiking in Andermatt, and to tell us why it makes the perfect training terrain. Stuart’s love of peaks and mountain tops started young at age 17, and since then he has tackled some of the highest and toughest mountain climbs in the world.

Guest blog post by Stuart Macdonald

In June I was responsible for organising an Alpine mountaineering training package for a large group of people from the United Arab Emirates. They were keen to go somewhere quiet, away from the crowds, so Andermatt was an obvious choice.

Images from Stuart Macdonald, climbing in Andermatt Images from Stuart Macdonald, climbing in Andermatt

Andermatt has everything you need for quality Alpine climbing. Great mountains, glaciers, and easy access to the peaks. What it doesn’t have is any 4000m peaks – hence it’s nice and quiet. Many people seem to think that the bigger the mountain, the better; however as a professional Mountain Guide who has summitted Everest I guarantee you that’s not true!

Images from Stuart Macdonald, climbing in Andermatt Images from Stuart Macdonald, climbing in Andermatt

We had a great time. The local area allowed us to start right from the basics, learning how to use our crampons on ice. We then learned about movement on glaciers, roping up, and how to perform crevasse rescue. And to finish the week we enjoyed an ascent of the Sustenhorn from the Tierbergli Hütte.

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Everyone had a great time. And the guys are now looking forward to their next adventure to Norway in January.

Keen to experience hiking in Andermatt? Check out our guide on where to head.

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