/ Saas Grund
also any ideas for hut to hut routes taking in a summit along the way in the saastal valley.
any other info which might be of use would be greatly appreciated.
cheers - john
A good hut to hut with summit is walk up to the Almageller hut from Saas Almagell then traverse the Weissmies 4023m (excellent PD) descending to the Weissmies hut. You can stay extra nights at the Almageller and take in some excellent bolted climbing on the Dri Hornli ridge or do the Traverse of that Ridge at AD (an excellent short day). At the other end you can extend by doing the Lagginhorn 4010m (PD by normal route)or Fletchshorn 3993m, or more bolted routes including the excellent 14 pitch 4+ Alpendurst on the Jegihorn (also home to a wild Via Ferrata.
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=3077 (Dri Hornli)
I've heard that uplift in the valley is free this summer in an attempt to boost visitor numbers, if true that could save you a packet.
Helps to have some German or a phrasebook for the Hohsaas and Weissmies huts as the Guardians do not speak English (although other staff at these huts do), the Almageller hut Guardian has good English.
If you fancy the bolted climbing on the Dri Hornli you should be able to pick up a colour topo leaflet in the Almageller Hut (was 3Chf in 2010), the multi pitch lines we did there were brilliant.
cheers everyone - john
> I've heard that uplift in the valley is free this summer in an attempt to boost visitor numbers, if true that could save you a packet.
that free lift pass would be a bonus! cheers mate - john
Is there any low level cragging around Saas Grund?
yes i believe there is some near the kapellenweg campsite, though when I was there I struggled to find anywhere that sold the guide as the old one for not too much money was out of stock everywhere and the new one which was 50chf was not in stock anywhere yet
You just rock up to the campsite and demand* your citizens passport then? And they add 3.50 per day to your camping cost?
*Politely ask for
Going out there next week. Planning on doing the Jegihorn (maybe the VF) for acclimatisation. Does anyone know where you can hire the VF kit from in Saas Grund? Or do they have kits at the Weissmeis hut? We're staying at Weissmeis for a few days, doing the Jegi, then Lagginhorn and Weissmeis (assuming weather is ok).
If not does anyone have any topos for the fr4/5 routes up the Jegihorn?
VF kit can be hired from the shop next to the gondola station.
Only did one of the sport routes but Alpendurst is painted at the bottom of the route and its easy enough to follow.
A search for 'Campingplätze Saas Grund' on Google.de brought up http://www.kapellenweg.ch/. Click on 'Preise' for a price list. The homepage also has details of the free lift pass/Gästekarte scheme:
-Free uplift and use of the postbuses in the Saastal, excluding the summer ski area.
-You can take part in an activity programme for visitors (hi dee hi campers!).
-10% off summer skiing and other stuff advertised online.
Seems pretty decent.
Alpendurst was the one I was thinking of. Looks like we'll just have to follow all the others on the route if it's a nice day.
The moraine path is marked by paint flashes and the base of the route is easily identified.
Ace. Ta. We're staying in the Weissmies and planning on doing either it or the VF as a acclimatisation route for the first day, before getting on the Lagginhorn and Weissmeis.
Just an update on the 'free uplift' based on our experience last week. Not sure how the citizen card mentioned above fits in but some of the hotels/pensions seem to be registered in the scheme and some not. You get a pass that covers the day either side of the night you spend in the accomodation. This is obviously dead handy for day trips but if you are going up to a hut for a few days you are ok on the way up but not back down again, unless of course you are returning to same accomodation in which case they will give you pass for that day as well, in advance. A condition of using pass is that you provide id e.g. passport. We managed to talk our way round this but not sure whether that would always work. Pass can also be used on Post Buses. We actually managed to get a free ride from Visp to Saas Grund as driver seemed to assume everyone had passes. Totally opposite experience on the way back, drivers didn't seem to want us on buses whether we had passes, paid extortionate fare or whatever. Sure we didn't smell that bad ...
Can confirm Weissmiss Hut definitely doesn't hire Via Ferrata kit. Really great hut though with very friendly, helpful staff.
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