Elizabeth Moceri Alpine climbing • June 26 - 29, 2015

Elizabeth ("Mo") Moceri, spending a lot of time in her "second home" in Les Houches this summer, managed to fit in a few days of climbing between bike trips through Europe. She and Kathy headed into Switzerland.


Mo on the Pigne de la Lé, in the upper reaches of the Val d'Anniviers.


We began our trip in the very special Moiry hut. The views from the beautifully designed dining room are spectacular, even if the vintage photo on the wall shows how much the glaciers have retreated, there is still an impressive wall full of ice on display.


We climbed the rocky ridge of the Pigne de la Lé, in beautiful weather.


The blocky ridge climbing.


Summiting in gathering clouds, which turned out not to be any threat at all, just cooled us down for our hike out.


From there we drove over the Grimsel Pass and up a side valley (the Gental) to a lovely old hotel at the end of the road, the Engstlenalp Hotel. A view of the old style dining hall.


And the exterior in the morning light.


We explored the lake above the hotel before moving on to our next objective. Good fishing, to judge by the number of folks set up by the shore with their poles.


Also some very nice wildflowers.


Our next project involved hiking in to the Sustli hutte, near the Susten Pass. A short, if very steep, hike in a spectacular location makes this attractive for day trippers and families.


The hike has its adventurous aspects as well.


Lunch on the sunny terrace is the reward.


A future Swiss Mountain Guide makes an early conquest.


Unfortunately our summit of the following day, Grassen, was enveloped in fog when we reached the top, but still satisfying.


And some fun and games to be had on the descent as well.


We had a great few days discovering some new terrain. Now it's back to the car, and the long journey home.

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