From Zermatt it shows a beautiful symmetry as in the image re-shown below. The traditional line of ascent (Hörnli Ridge) is the obvious central ridge off which cloud is boiling. There is no indication of how steep that route is, but everything else about the mountain suggests a ridge that is extremely steep.
Take the cable car ride up to Trockener Steg (leftwards from this image), and there is a distinct change in the shape as evident in the headline image. The Hörnli ridge is now the right skyline (significantly less steep than might have been anticipated) and the hut from which it is climbed is a small palish square on the top of the ‘bump’ at the base of the ridge.
The view is now dominated by the East Face and the mountain now appears even more outrageous in the way it stands in splendid isolation, taking the limelight. Utterly dominant. There is nothing quite like this. And every time I stand in this spot, it takes my breath away.