Lammerenhutte to Wildstrubelhutte via Wildstrubel (3244m) , 10Km
We traversed the Wildstrubel
(3244m) en route to the Wildstrubelhütte. The first pitch
down was wind-blown bare so we walked down to where we could drop
left into the steeper main south face. The crusty snow provided
a challenging ski down but allowed us to skim half-way across
the vast, flat Glacier de la Plaine Morte. The final leg was hot
and wearying but the reward was to reach the delightful hut, with
a resident lame fox that Daniela the guardian fed in the evening.
Wildstrubelhutte to Wildhornhutte via Schnidehorn (2938m) , 10Km
climb 558 m
After a cold
and hard descent, we made our way across complex terrain to find
the canyon that leads up to Schniderhorn (2937m). The route off
the south ridge towards the Wildhornhütte was not obvious
at first and needed a backwards boot down the first few metres
before skis could be put on for another mixed descent.
Wildhornhutte to Cab des Audannes via Wildhorn
(3246m) . 7Km climb 943m
the Wildhorn (3247m). Not far down, on the way to the Cabane des
Audannes, John twisted a knee and couldnt continue on skis.
We spent the next three hours assisting him down to the hut by
various means, the hut then callied out a helicopter, which we
could have done much earlier.
des Audannes to
our way over to the Combe des Andins where we found the best snow
of the week which, though quite tracked by heli-skiers, gave us
a great descent right onto the pistes of Anzère. There
we waited in the sun for a bus to the youth hostel in Sion, a
reunion with John (ligaments pulled but not broken) and a welcome
beer and pizza.
I met up with
John Chew another "Eagle", and stayed at his house in
a Village near to Grimentz. We did 4 day tours around the area.