Climbed the Matterhorn Aug 3rd. After our little visit from winter the Matterhorn has been "out of shape" and quite the topic of discussion between guides so it was interesting to go up on the mountain to see the conditions for ourselves. There is still quite a bit of snow on the mountain but it was possible to climb with out crampons until the shoulder just below the fixed ropes. From there to the summit travel was quite quick with crampons and ice axe. On the decent we kept our crampons on for a ways below the Solvay hut somewhere around the first red tower. Overall was a great day!!!