Page #2 • Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route • April 12 to 21, 2002

We have so many good photos of this trip we had to split them into two web pages.

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Continuing on from the other page, we resume our trip as we depart from the Chanrion hut.

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Not far above the Chanrion hut. We are looking west back towards the Grand Combin.


We have climbed up to Les Portons, a series of high passes between the Otemma and Brenay Glaciers.


Looking in the other direction, to the east, Kathy, Dave and Jim head for the Col Nord des Portons. The Matterhorn is the sharp peak in the distance.


Dave relaxes in the snow while he enjoys his lunch. No chairs on this glacier.


After reaching the top of the Pigne d'Arolla, we get a good long run down to the Vignettes hut.


The Vignettes hut.


Before dinner tea (and beer) in the Vignettes hut.


The following morning we start early. Putting on skins on the Col de Chermotane at dawn. Dave swings his arms to get the blood into the chilly finger tips. By the end of the day we will be drinking beer in Zermatt!


Taking off the skins for the first downhill from the Col de l'Evêque.


For the second pass of the day, the Col du Mont Brulé, we decide to carry our skis. Kathy in the lead, followed by Ken, Dave, Jim and Sam.


And finally, arriving at the last pass of the day, the Col de Valpelline. From here it is downhill all the way to Zermatt. The sharp summit of the Matterhorn peeks through the clouds.


Ken pauses below the Matterhorn.


Skiing down the Tiefmattengletscher, one of the branches of the Zmuttgletscher. The Dent d'Hérens towers above.


At Stafel we stop for sustenance and electrolyte replacement. We have a short bit of piste skiing to do before we finally arrive in Zermatt..


With three days left on the trip, we make an abortive attempt on the Schwarztor (bad weather) and then continue over to Interlaken and the Berner Oberland, for a day trip down the Lötschental. This, and the remaining photos are from that beautiful day.


From the Jungfraujoch, which is off to the left of this photo, we climbed up over the Louwitor, a high pass.


And this is what we were after on the other side. Here, Sam and Kathy wiggle their way down the Kranzbergfirn.


We take a short break from the skiing to catch our breath.


Looking down the other side of the Lötschenlücke. We have almost 5000 feet to ski down.


Pulling off the skis, a short way above Blatten. Even Jim, who seems to like skiing on asphalt, gave up at this point.,


Ken and Kathy recline as we wait for the train to take us back to Interlaken and the hotel.

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