Alpine Trips

Alpine Trips

Italian Dolomites 2013 – our alternative AV2  

This year we went to the Italian Dolomites to have a go at the “Alta Via 2″ also called the “Dolomiten Höhenweg”. We went in the last week of June expecting a considerable amount of old snow from the long cold winter, but to our great surprise we encountered some huge dumps of fresh snow. Consequently we » read more »

Berliner Höhenweg 2012  

So this year we thought we’d return to Austria and have another attempt at the “Berliner Höhenweg” also called the “Zillertaler Runde” or even the ”Zillertal Rucksack Route” (but not by the locals). We’d attempted this way back in September 2007 but were unexpectedly snowed off.  This time we went in the last week of June and we » read more »

Petersgrat Glacier (3163m)  

The Petersgrat Glacier is a huge plateau of ice a few hundred meters higher than the Mutthorn Hut (and around a mile or so to the south of it). It forms the end of the south west ridge of the Tschingelhorn. We hired crampons and harnesses in Wengen. We’d brought our own ropes, ice axes, slings, prussics and » read more »

Swiss Alpine Pass Route (Part 2)  

This year we went back to complete the other half of the Swiss Alpine Passes Route which closely follows the Via Alpina (our previous trip is detailed here Swiss Alpine Passes Route part 1). Day 0: To Caux (1050m) above Montreux We flew to Geneva and took the train to Caux Accommodation: Hostellerie de Caux Day » read more »

Walcherhorn (3692m)  

Ok, so it’s a little bit shy of being a 4000m peak but it was really good fun. We took the amazing Jungfrau train to the Jungfraujoch station. (Worth the trip just to see the incredible engineering feat of tunnelling a train through 2 mountains.) From there we roped up for the glacier crossing. First » read more »


Author: Phil Newby