Andy Latham in Switzerland • August 15 - 20, 2009

Andy Latham was back again for another foray with Kathy. We headed first to the Engadine for some warm granite.

Other Trips with Andy

Alps - September 2008
Alps - August 2007
Mount Kenya - January 2007
Alps - August 2006
Alps - August 2005
Kyajo Ri, Nepal - October 2004
Alps - August 2004
Cho Oyu Expedition - October 2001

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Approaching the Sciora hut, on a very steep trail. The heat was a bit more than we had bargained for.


But the reward was fitting. This hut is welcoming, in a beautiful location.


Looking up at just some of the tremendous granite peaks in this area.


We left the hut early the next morning for a climb of the Bügeleisen (or "Flatiron) on the Gemelli.


Our route follows the long straight ridgeline on the right.


A rather imposing perspective from the base.


Andy soaks up some sunshine about halfway up.


Looking back down the crux pitch.


A long rappel descent, the ropes ONLY got stuck THREE TIMES. Sigh.


A shorter following day on the Innominata, and then back to the valley. A climber jogs up the ridge, Piz Badile in the background.


Our next plan was the Blüemlisalphorn, the middle summit of the triple-looking peak here in the background.


Another hot hike but amid idyllic Swiss landscapes. The Oescheninsee is the blue lake in the background.


A welcome respite from the heat, the little restaurant of the Oberbärgli saved our day with its shade umbrellas and milkshakes made from local cows milk produced on site. Mmmm...


Onward and upward, we made our way to the Blüemlisalp hut, past the impressive lower reaches of the Blüemlisalp glacier.


The hut at last, in it's incredibly scenic and wind-swept location above the Hohtürli.


The next morning daybreak found us approaching the Rothornsattel in unusually dry and icey conditions. We took a little extra time here to belay with ice anchors, on what is normally a fairly steep but straight-forward snow slope.


Andy nears the summit, high above the Oeschinensee.


The views from the top were endless.


Looking eastward to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, with the Wetterhorn peaking out behind on the left.


All the extra belaying made for a long day, but a comfy and welcoming hut awaits us just around the corner.


Not to mention a gorgeous sunset.


Off home now, but looking forward to the next adventure, we won't say good-bye, just "bis später".