8/8/12 to 19/8/12 Matterhorn and the Haute Route

Photo 1. At the Solvay Hut (4003m) on the Matterhorn.

Photo 2. Descending from the Trient Plateau to Champex on day two of the Haute Route.

Photo 3. Lac Mauvoisin on day three of the Haute Route.

Photo 4. The Matterhorn from the summit of Tete Blanche (3710m) on day seven of the Haute Route.

Photo 5. The Schonbiel Hut and the Matterhorn. This is the last hut before Zermatt on the Haute Route.

Photo 6. Climbers approaching the Bertol Hut on day six of the Haute Route.

Photo 7. Trekkers on the Otema Glacier. Day four of the Haute Route.

Photo 8. Rhodri on the summit of the Matterhorn.

The weather in the Alps has been amazing during the last few weeks. As I sit and write this blog post, temperatures have reached 38 degrees in Saint Gervais. During this very settled period of weather I have had some fantastic days out in the mountains.

On the 8th August, I stayed at the Hornli Hut and climbed the Matterhorn on the 9th August with Rhodri. The route had more snow on it than on my previous two ascents this summer but was still in great condition.

From the 12th to 19th August I have been completing the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route. I have had a brilliant time on this world famous mountain trek. The weather has been mostly perfect and the very clear nights have allowed for some amazing star gazing. On this trip we visited the following huts and hotels; Albert Premier, Orny for Lunch, Champex SAC, Chanrion, Vignettes, Hotel du Galcier Arolla, Bertol and Schonbiel. Thanks to everyone who was with me and made the trip a great success.

One note on the current conditions, the Stocki Glacier (between the summit of Tete Blanche and Schonbiel Hut) is pretty complex and best crossed early, especially in these currently very warm temperatures.


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