/ Mittelaletsch bivi hut destroyed by avalanche
That's pretty shocking; you kind of assume that a (Swiss!) bivouac shelter is going to have been built in a safe place. Thankfully nobody in there when the avalanche hit.
I gather that the difference between safe and unsafe is often just frequency of event. Once a year - not good. Once every two hundred years - it’ll be fine...
Ah well. Glad no one was in it. It was a good and useful hut in a fantastic, hard-to-get-to location (by alpine standards) on a great peak. Happy memories of a night spent in it with Keith, Matt, and Laura.
When we visited it, the key to the (unpleasant) ascent off the glacier to it was the wind-blown remains of its loo on the Mittelaletschgletscher a couple of hundred metres beneath it.
this week end is the 20th anniversary of the devastating avalanche in montroc which makes your point very powerfully.
Yes,indeed to the day.9th Feb.
What passed that night and before perhaps merits some chat.
Interesting read. Thanks for posting.
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