/ Camping above 4000m
Im setting out to climb the Weissmies and/or the Bishorn/Weisshorn this September and am planning on camping above 4000m as close to the summits as possible, (i know this wont be possible on the weisshorn).
Has anyone camped this high before on those summits and have any advice for pitching the tent (Black Diamond Firstlight). I have snow stakes but i suspect the ground will be too frozen so im thinking ice axes and snow shovel to stake out the tent??
Yikes, wouldn't be me! I'd be too worried about the wind picking up.
Dig out the snow and pitch it in a hole with a bit of a wall around it. If it's straight on ice and you are really worried about the wind then you can use a screw to clip yourself in, though I very much doubt you'd need to.
A snow shovel will be very usefull.
Pitch your tent in the right direction and build a wall on rhe wind side. Leave at least one meter hetween this wall and your tent, because snow will pile up there.
You can use walking sticks, piolet, skis, ... as pegs. Depending on conditions, just plant them in thesnow, or make a dead-man-anchor with them. Normal pegs will be useless, and special snow pegs are expensive and too haevy.
Gas stoves only work to about minus 15 celsius grades, if coulder you will need another system for your morning coffee (dont burn down your tent!).
Stuff like this can make for great moments, but remember that adventures make great stories, but they are not always pure fun at the time you are living them :-)
Have fun anyway!!
-15 is when the liquid stops becoming gas. There are tricks to go a bit colder then that, like holding the gas canister upside down, a stove with a preheating-tube, etc. Or indeed trying to prevent the gas from cooling down too much
Another tick is to balance the gas cylinder on top of the pan so that rising heat also heats the cylinder. Obviously only possible with a tube feed. And for obvious reasons be careful!
I generally prefer a petrol stove at altitude.
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