/ Weekend alpine trip...
I'm after some suggestions, preferably first hand experience, on weekend alpine trip destinations.
- Alpine routes, not just a snowy walk to some rock.
- AD/D difficulty
- Worth making a trip for just the one/two routes
- Relatively low altitude
- Hopefully near ish an airport
If you could let me know your thoughts that'd be grand.
Bluemlisalphorn Traverse, Kandersteg. Reasonable access from Swiss airports (2.5 hours from Geneva by train? could be done on a fri eve, check timetables?)
Classic AD snow and ice ridge with a few short rocky bits, 3600m so not too high but is does remain at that height for the 3 peaks of the ridge, so it depends how you acclimatise/deal with that. It's as good as the Rochfort Arete but longer, so yes, well worth the trip.
There's a few photos on here and some on summitpost too. It's best done in July in a normal year, though we did it in August last year in very good nick.
Thanks - I'll ahve a look
Saas Grund is a good possibility. Easy access from the airports and a good itinerary would be day 1- Almagellar hut, day 2- Dri Hornli, day 3 Weissmeiss. If you had the time the Allalinhorn the following morning could be done as well.
Bluemlisalp is better than all those routes though, even though the Weissmies traverse is a classic PD, really varied
Here's a shot my mate took of the route.
Thanks again - it does look great! Any other contenders out there form the UKC collective?
Well for a quick weekend trip you could do a lot worse than Chamonix with an easy transfer provided by numerous companies for around 50 euro return taking about 1hr 30 minutes from Geneva Airport. In Chamonix there are loads of great rock routes at a reasonable altitude around AD to D including the NNE ridge of the Aiguille de L'M:
...or the chapelle de la gliere in the Aiguilles Rouges:
Or further afield in Val Bregaglia/Switzerland there is the super classic North Ridge of the Piz Badile at 3300m:
Not sure how easy to get to via plane and train though!
Thanks, sorry if I wasn't clear in the OP - I don't want just rock, I'm really after 'proper' alpine routes. I've been to Cham a few times and I love it, I just think it will be a bit high for a 2 day climb!
Aure region of Norway. Handy websites are:
http://ut.no/map/page/maptool/203250 (cabins and some routes)
http://www.westcoastpeaks.com/Norway/more_aureG.html (well put together guide to some routes from day walks to pretty tough scrambles)
http://www.177mr.no (public transport)
I only thought of it as I was there a couple of weeks ago and the walking route starts from the airport (Kristiansund)! There was still a good amount of snow at 450+m.
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