I have just had another excellent three days in the Swiss Alps. On Wednesday in the company of my Pigne d’Arolla team we overnighted at the Tasch Hut. We left the Hut at 4am on Thursday morning and made the ascent of the Alphubel (4206m) via the Alphubeljoch and the South East Ridge. The crux ice nose of the South East Ridge was in excellent condition. We used a combination of buried axe and ice screw belays. Following some photos we descended the Voie Normale. The track crosses a number of crevasses and therefore the route should be descended early in the day.
Today the team and I traversed the Couronne de Breona (3159m) above Les Hauderes. This is a good AD ridge traverse on mostly good rock. The route currently has some snow on it and it may be worth carrying axe and crampons.