3 hours 15m (5:20am - 8:35am)
3611m - 4563m (952mH)
We started our ascent at Alagna buy taking the lift to Passo Salati 2971m. From there we climbed to the Gnifetti Hut 3611m where we watched a beautiful sunset before heading off to sleep. We woke at 4:20am and were out of the hut by 5:20am after a full breakfast. We started our ascent with a long, semi steepish climb with a never ending horizon until about 4100m where we first laid eyes on the summit. From there a small decent for about 50m took us to a steep climb up to the summit ridge. The ridge was about 45 degrees, very icy and extremely windy with a crevasse below on one side and a 2500 meter drop on the other side, a place we didn't want to spend too much time on. We were extremely cautious climbing this ridge as our legs were now very tired and the high altitude had slightly begun to affect our coordination.
We soon passed the ridge then scrambled through some rocks to finally reach the Zumsteinspitze summit 4563m at 8:35am. A small summit but one which was flat enough to sit comfortably to take a few pics before contemplating the icy ridge back down again. After passing the ridge we clipped in and rode to about 3100m enjoying a little 45 degree couloir just before the end. From there we had about an hour and 15m minutes of down walking with board, boots, rope, harness, poles, crampons, ice axe all on our pack. By the time we arrived back at Passo Salati our legs were literally on fire. Shortly after rehydrating we took the lift back down to Alagna. A very physical and quite technical climb especially just before the hut and on the summit ridge. Highly recommended.