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Alpine Trips

Glacier Fest: Austria Stubai & Ötztal – June 2016  

Week 1: Stubai Glacier Route For our first week we did most of the Stubai Glacier Route around Neustift & the Stubaital in Austria. Day 1: Neustift to Franz Senn Hut (2147m) We took the local taxi service to Oberissalm at the head of the valley and had an easy walk up to the Franz Senn Hut (2147m). Ascent: » read more »

Glacier Fest: Swiss Alpine Trip – June 2015  

Week 1: Glacier Haute Route For our first week we did part of the Glacier Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt (we had previously done the bit from Chamonix in 2005 – details here) Day 1: Arolla to Cabane des Dix (2,928m): We flew out to Geneva, got the train to Sion and then a bus up to Arolla » read more »

Glacier Fest: Chamonix & Valle d’Aosta – June 2014  

This year the two of us went to Chamonix and Valle d’Aosta (Italy) for two weeks high glacier trekking. Week 1: Chamonix The first week we based ourselves in a fantastic little apartment in Chamonix Sud (details below). Day 1:  Mer de Glace (2000+m): crazy ladders, glacier skills & crevasse rescue practice day – full details and » read more »

Gran Paradiso (4061m) – Valle d’Aosta – July 2014  

Day 12: We had a leisurely 4.00am breakfast at the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele and waited for the bulk of the climbers to set off ahead of us (we hoped they would trample the fresh snow of yesterday and make the path easier for us!). The weather was fantastic and we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and a » read more »

Vallée Blanche Traverse – Chamonix – June 2014  

Day 2: We took the first Aiguille du Midi cable car to do the down hill version of the Vallée Blanche Traverse (AdM to Helbronner).  The Snow Ridge from the Aiguille du Midi station down to the Vallée Blanche glacier is most impressive and really quite excitingly steep on both sides. Towards the Helbronner end of the traverse are » read more »

Author: Phil Newby