Solvayhütte: Mountainside hut is an emergency rest stop for crazy climbers

June 7, 2011 | By Abraham | 19 comments

From Wikipedia:

The Solvay Hut is a mountain hut located on the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn, near Zermatt in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. At 4,003 metres (13,133 ft), it is the highest mountain hut owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, but can be used only in case of emergency.

Picture of 2 men standing outside a mountain hut with a 3-foot ledge outside the front door.

From a comment at TYWKIWDBI:

I remember visiting this hutte back in 1974 when I climbed the Matterhorn. It is about 2/3 of the way to the top! It’s kind of the last pause for the climbers before the really steep stuff at the top. That drop-off is no illusion!!

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19 Comments

    1. Jan says:

      That’s the first thing I thought…How in the world did they build it there? That seems to be the most amazing feat!

  1. Marie says:

    I found myself panicking a little just now. I don’t do heights or cliffs…these pictures freak me out!

    1. zach says:

      i am with you. i can only look for so long before my mind starts putting me there and i begin to panic.

    2. Babs says:

      The mind amazes me… this picture is the coolest thing ever…! But put a picture of a cave or sewer pipe or even a hole in a tree on here and I just need to move on. Why heights for you and small spaces for me?

    3. Roger says:

      I’m with you on that one. I hate heights like this, they really freak me out! But imagining myself crawling through small little caves or spaces like Babs mentioned kind of does the same thing to me as well. I think I’ll avoid them both for the safety of us all!

  2. Bobster says:

    It would be a bummer to step outside in the middle of the night to take a leak and drop for couple thousand meters.

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