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  • #574888
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    Hi guys,

    time for a trip report from Europe…

    Two friends an me were hiking the Dufourspitze or the Silbersattel 4515m respectively, Switzerland’s highest mountain, Europe’s third-highest.
    Unfortunately we perceived the remaining 119 vertical meters through a northern iced couloir to be too dangerous due to fresh snow.

    Nevertheless, a great trip in an amazing surrounding!

    [vimeo:9zh3vpxf]http://www.vimeo.com/23118589[/vimeo:9zh3vpxf]
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    Filmed by Andi / http://www.amotion.at

    Itinerary: Rotenboden – Monte Rosa Hut 2884m – Silbersattel 4515m

    Equipment:
    Venture Zephyr 169/27 with Spark Blaze

    As a start, an acclimatization tour in Austria with my girlfriend: Stubacher Sonnblick 3088m:

    Then an 9 hour drive to Switzerland, and another acclimatization tour (what is the right term for this actually?): Allalinhorn, 4027m:

    Huge crevasses…

    Of course I had to ride from the summit cross… 😉 — no pictures, unfortunately.

    One of Europe’s most famous mountains: Matterhorn


    The day after: second acclimatization tour, Breithorn 4153m:


    On Thursday we approached the Monte Rosa Hut from the Gornergrat Railway, Rotenboden.

    Andi’s huge backpack — large videocam inside, tripod outside…

    Pretty unusual architecture for a mountain hut, nevertheless, I like it. Pure high-tech inside.


    And then, Friday. Summit day. The alarm goes off at 3:45 AM…
    …some hours of hiking later, the sun rises:

    This is the northern ice-couloir, we decided not to climb due to too much fresh snow, unfortunately. All other teams except one or two came to the same decision.

    Alternative approach: Nordend 4609m.

    However we had to cancel this too, due to too high avalange danger.

    60cm of fresh pow… 🙂


    The day back home from the hut…

    Some rapelling…

    And the Matterhorn once again…

    A short glance back — Dufourspitze on the left, Lyskamm on the right:

    Well, we enjoyed it. 😉

    #640320
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Sick video Flolm. I wish you Euro’s didn’t feel you have to put a building on top of every mtn. The trend’s starting to catch on with the ultra elite here in the states and it sucks for the rest of us. Keep em coming

    #640321
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    I gotta see the Matterhorn someday in person. Thanks for sharing!

    #640322
    nedrapier
    235 Posts

    Beautiful photo’s! That’s an awesome looking “hut”!

    Did you have the Marinelli in mind at all? I guess it’s been pretty dry and thin in there this year?

    #640323
    schwalbster
    321 Posts

    Super Trip Report! Da kommen Erinnerungen auf! Einer der gigantischen und schoensten Regionen in den Alpen!

    Nice Trip Report! Some of the most amazing mountains and glaciers in the Alps! I love it there! God job Flo, on the wise decisions too!
    That Hut looks crazy, I stayed at the old one! Is the old one still open too?

    And Utah, that thing is actually just a new version (or addition) of a hut that has been there since 1895 and they are fairly cheap, so that mountaineering folks can afford that stuff!

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

    #640324
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    Glad you like it!

    @nedrapier wrote:

    Did you have the Marinelli in mind at all? I guess it’s been pretty dry and thin in there this year?

    No, we didn’t consider it yet. The M. Couloir might be something to approach in some years — pretty tight stuff, afaik. (“longest ice wall in the alps” or something like that is in my mind…)
    And you’re correct — snow levels are very low in that region this year. Our landlord told us, there was virtually no snowfall since December, good weather all the time. And then the wheater report forecasted bad weather (fog, snowfall) for our two summit days — we were pretty annoyed. In the end it turned out to be fine — visibility was enough, and there were amazing 60cm of fresh snow. Usually, when riding this mountain in spring, you’ll rather have crust…

    @schwalbster wrote:

    That Hut looks crazy, I stayed at the old one! Is the old one still open too?

    Oh, so you had such “nice” experiences as walking to a toilet outside the building in the middle of the night at -20°C / -4°F? 😉
    The old hut is closed now and will be disintegrated and disposed of next year.

    @schwalbster wrote:

    And Utah, that thing is actually just a new version (or addition) of a hut that has been there since 1895 and they are fairly cheap, so that mountaineering folks can afford that stuff!

    Right, those huts usually have been in the mountains for 60-200 years. In most areas it is prohibited to build new huts.
    “Fairly cheap”: well, from an Austrian (or German, or Italian, or French) point of view, Swiss huts are pretty expensive. In Austria you would pay approx. half the price for accomodation and food.
    Nevertheless, it’s worth visiting the Swiss mountains absolutely.

    #640325
    schwalbster
    321 Posts

    @FloImSchnee wrote:

    @schwalbster wrote:

    That Hut looks crazy, I stayed at the old one! Is the old one still open too?

    Oh, so you had such “nice” experiences as walking to a toilet outside the building in the middle of the night at -20°C / -4°F? 😉
    The old hut is closed now and will be disintegrated and disposed of next year.

    Oh yes I had, haha! That kinda of sucks though, kind of a legendary place, should be under Denkmalschutz ;!

    @schwalbster wrote:

    And Utah, that thing is actually just a new version (or addition) of a hut that has been there since 1895 and they are fairly cheap, so that mountaineering folks can afford that stuff!

    Right, those huts usually have been in the mountains for 60-200 years. In most areas it is prohibited to build new huts.
    “Fairly cheap”: well, from an Austrian (or German, or Italian, or French) point of view, Swiss huts are pretty expensive. In Austria you would pay approx. half the price for accomodation and food.
    Nevertheless, it’s worth visiting the Swiss mountains absolutely.

    I agree, Swiss huts are quite expensive compared to DAV huts! Most of all the 5 franken Waterbottles or whatever it is now?! Still though, it’s far away from ultra elite wouldn’t you agree! And I personally love the hutsystem in the Alps!

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

    #640326
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    @schwalbster wrote:

    Most of all the 5 franken Waterbottles or whatever it is now?!

    9 CHF for 1 litre in Diavolezza Berghaus. Next time I’ll bring my own bottles… 😉

    @schwalbster wrote:

    And I personally love the hutsystem in the Alps!

    I do so too, absolutely!

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