/ 1st trip to the alps but where to go?
I'm lucky enough to going to the alps for the first time this summer and was wondering what you would suggest to be a good, well rounded beginners route/summit. Currently I'm looking in the Arolla area but likewise I've heard the Saas area is good as well.
Also, what map would you suggest for your recommended area?
many thanks in advance
Easy snow peaks at Arolla include La Luette, Pointe de Vouasson, & Pigne d'Arolla. There is a delightful little rock traverse next to the Pas de Chevres. Climbing these type of routes would get you used to the Alpine environment and hut etiquette etc, before you move on to harder stuff.
There is no uplift at Arolla - you have to climb to the huts - this gets you fit and saves you money, but can be hard and hot work.
Saas Fee, loads to do.
Also, I used the Alpine Club Valais West guidebook.
There maybe more current maps/guidebooks now, I went to Arolla around 10 years ago.
However, it could be worth considering the Ecrins in France. It is a more than suitable option in terms of climbing/mountaineering and it could potentially work out cheaper than Arolla/Saas in terms of travel & subsistance.
you are bang on! I've read the book cover to cover (its starting to look a bit tattered now...) and it is brilliant. Its just a matter of choosing which of the suggested routes because there are so many and all over the alps as well. Great fun by the looks of them but we couldn't do them all in one trip, though we'd like to. Hence looking for anyone's experiences as to what they did first or what they'd do differently, knowing what they know now.
If your just on about having a great time, taking in some peaks why not consider the Monta Rosa Chain. Get to take in plenty of summits, stay at some nice and huts with character (!) and have lovley surroundings too to wet your thirst for trips to come back too.
We went to arolla, it was excellent. The pigne d'arolla was a highlight, not difficult glacier approach, bolted climb and abseil and then a long but not bad descent.
The Bertol hut was a great place to stay, bare in mind that switzerland is very expensive.
If you have a car it is very easy to move between the saas and arolla valleys. There are some good via ferrata in saas for rest days too.
Have fun :)
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