/ NEW ARTICLE: The Haute Route by Nickinscottishmountains
Brilliant! I did the Classic Haute route about 15 years ago along with other classics in the Silvretta & Stubai areas. The article really brings it all flooding back, especially as since that time I haven´t done any touring. Great photos too. Am dettermined to do the Haute Route on Telemark skis before I´m too old.
Paul Parkers classic Telemark bible "Free-Heel Skiing" finishes off with a short tale of a one-legged man finishing The Haute Route on the tenth anniversary of loosing his leg.
Nice work Nick & thanks. Pete
Nice article Nick, and brings back memories. My first ever ski tour in the Alps was the 3 cols (which is effectively day 1 of the Haute Route, plus a ski down to Le Tour) & also the first time I'd skied with a CAF group all of whom were dubious of my telemark gear. First turn after leaving the pistes at Gt Montet I took a tumble confirming their worst fears I suspect. Fortunately things got better as I got used to skiing with a rucksac & my skis (had spent most of the winter up to that point xc skiing in the Vosges).
I don't know what you used for info, but to any one thinking of trying, Peter Cliff's 'The Haute Route' is the best guidebook (so good it was translated into French) although François Perraudin's 'La Haute Route - Chamonix Zermatt' (also in german) is much prettier to look at but more of a cofee table souvenir book
I think we all learned a lot from that trip like you, lightweight axe is a great idea! In fact make everything as light as possible as it not only helps on the climbs but also when you have to ski. We were lucky in that we managed to skin the whole way from Bourg St Pierre to the top of the Plateau du Couloir so didn't have to carry our converted downhill skis which weighed a ton. Kick turning on my second day at the top of that slope is something I will never forget!!
Hi Guy - the situation of ther Bouquetins hut is amazing, isn't it? Looks like a hut htat's well worth taking hte extra kit to stay in. Does anyone know how well equipped it is? Obviously food and a stove would need to be taken there, but are there blankets inside?
great article Nick! I think you meant to say that you "copied word for word the relevant pages by hand writing them and then laminating them..." didn't you ;)
>Does anyone know how well equipped it is? Obviously food and a stove would need to be taken there, but are there blankets inside?
I've spent three or four nights in the Bouquetins. There are blankets, pots and pans, mugs, plates, utensils, a wood store and a great woodburning stove on which you can cook. We spent two days there sheltering from a raging blizzard at the end of our Haute Route attempt. It was so windy one night that a Swiss guide who was there made his clients get fully kitted up, including boots, in case the roof blew off. He then dialled up the rescue services on the emergency phone at 2.00 am to inform them we were there and asked for the weather forecast. After that he calmed down a bit. Great place.
hope the ice is nice! two days based in Servoz then off to wherever the ice is good - Cogne or Kandersteg perhaps..
I'll keep mobile on tomorrow in the office so text me.
I really fancy the route from the St Bernard Monastery via the Velan Hut and you have just sold it even more. Ahhh more plans for the future.
"and there's a way from the Otemma to the Col Chermontane that avoids the Vignette hut, so you could go Chanrion to Bouquetins in a day, then Bouquetin at leisure to Z. Also the way in from Verbier past the Dix looks good. All good reasons to go back and vary the route."
I think you are refering to the route we took when we went from the Valsorey to the Bouquetins in one day. It is a reasonable route, quite steep but not excessive. I would like to do the Portons route via the Pigne d'Arolla if I was going from the Chanrion to the Bouquetins as that looks really nice.
There are so many options and so little time!
Thats what we did. Chanrion to Bouquetins in the day via the Otemma Glacier and the (checks map..) Glacier and Col du Petit Mt Collon. If the weathers looking dodgy it may give you a bit off extra time, or with a really early start push all the way to Zermatt.
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