Bishorn, Zinal Rothorn and more • August 24 - 19, 2018

Another summer, another Alps climbing vacation. This year Grant and Mark had a bit of bad weather to contend with, at least for the first couple days, but after that it was sun, sun sun.

With poor weather forecast for the afternoon-evening of our day 3 (out of 6) we had to strategize a bit on how to make the most of it.

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In order to make day 2 a hut hiking approach, we needed a one day climb. The Flegere and Aiguille du Midi lifts were both closed, so options were limited. But we did find an excellent adventure with the NE Ridge of the Grands Montets.


Grant on the Grands Montets.


Day 2 was up to the Tracuit hut, with designs on the Bishorn.


Arriving in the rain at the hut.


Though the weather was poor for most of the night, by the time dawn rolled round, the skies had cleared. This is the moon setting to the west.


Finally in the sun. A cold wind blows.


We were not alone, though there was plenty of room for everyone.


The final few meters to the top.


On the Bishorn summit. We did not stay long, as the wind was brutal, and the press of the mob behind us was palpable.


More coming on this beautiful day.


We zip down the final little steepening before the arriving teams attack the summit.


Finally warm, as we return to the hut. A long, long hike down, then a drive to Zermatt finally ends in a blissful sleep in a quiet hotel bed.


On our next day, we have another long approach hike, this time up to the Rothorn hut.


Passing by the tempting but much-too-low Hotel du Trift.


Breakfast at 4 am, and on up the Rothorn. The moon nears the horizon over the Dent Blanche as the sun just lights up the highest peaks.


Grant on the initial enjoyable rock ridge.


Warming up a bit now.


Almost to the summit.


On top. The impressive cross makes a great anchor.


Grant climbs up over a tower on the descent.


Finally back at the hut. We take a break, then the long, long walk down to the valley for the night.

Thanks again, Grant.

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