/ Arolla Early June?
Due to holiday situations am heading to alps much earlier this year --first few weeks of June.
Iím wondering if Arolla is a sensible objective, given that its peaks are at a fairly low altitude -- perhaps it might come into summer condition fairly early?
Also have never been there so it would be interesting.
Or is the altitude deceptive because of some locational thing. Would be aiming at just the classic <AD sort of things people usually do there.
Any views or experiences appreciated.
There was a LOT of snow still in early July last year. Glaciers well covered and crevasses filled.
Couldn't get to the Tsa mind :(
You would have to abseil down the start of the route I would think?
The traverse across from the Bertol would be epic.
I think basically there is no way to do this climb from the Bertol hut - have to revise our plans.
Four of us went to do the Tsa from the Bertol Hut a while back; started late from the hut due to bad weather overnight; two of us turned back because we didn't fancy the look of the weather but the other pair went on. The weather cleared and they did it without any bother, I was kicking myself.
They didn't say it was anything other than straightforward.
Oh hang on. If you want to get to the Tsa from the Bertol it's fairly easy. I thought you meant the West Ridge route. Yeah you have to walk up the glacier from the Bertol, it's fairly easy but last year it was avalanching a lot when we tried it.
Thanks folks. Don't mind hijacks - all good Arolla talk.
It may be the same with loads of snow this year too given conditions in other parts of the Alps.
Whereupon, perhaps the question should be: does a lot of snow rule out too many of the fun things in the area like the Tsa?
At least in Chamonix and elsewhere there is lower rock to do if conditons up high aren't best. Arolla doesn't really have much of that from what I can see.
Have a great trip Bruce and report back on how you find it - interested to hear...
Last year you couldn't get to the Tsa normal route. Too risky snow wise. Other stuff was fine though. Eveque normal route looked great.
OK, I couldn't :)
The Tsa clears quickly and is often in nick, in June you could probably go from the plan de bertol up the snow slope to the left of the hut to cut the corner - we did that in Aug 07.
Luette-Pleurer traverse looks good in early season - we were tired from many days on so didn't complete it. I wonder if anyone on here has done it?
Thank you all. And cheers for the local info Graham. The area does sound like a fun target then.
Meanwhile just need the local wx here in Scotland to pick up again to get ready :) Mind you we have had some very alpine days on the Ben recently with this late snow.
All the best
We did the TSa from the Bertol hut last year, brill little climb. I would recommend getting up before the people doing the haute route as we had to wait over an hour just to get down the ladder onto the glacier as they were all roped together and a bit useless. We did it in august so crevasses were pretty open by then, as was the schrund on the col de tsa. Watch for rock fall there was plenty dropping off onto the glacier.
Arolla is a brilliant place and i would head back again if we were going back to the alps this year, the campsite is lovely and reasonably priced. I would take lots of food as the local shops sell hardly anything and its all very expensive.
Have a nice time
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