Alps Trip Report-Aug 2012-Zermatt

Well what a trip this was…….all I can say is fantastic!

2 weeks in the Alps, based outside of Zematt in the hamlet of Tasch/Randa, great company, unbelievably good weather and a tick list of summits. The drive out was pretty uneventful until we reached lake Geneva at which point the mountain visits opened up to give us a taste of what was to come.

Camp set up the first target was the Monte Rosa massif (in retrospect not a great option for a first assent). A typical alpine start leaving the hutte at 2am, what followed was a 13hr round trip form hutte to summit and back again with a high point of 4515m. All I can say was knackered!!!

Next up was a short stroll up the Breithhorn, a pleasant day out and nice to stretch the legs after the epic of the previous days. The view form the summit ridge down to the Monte Rosa glacier highlighting all our toils from the days previous.

The summit days themselves where interspersed with days in the sun at base camp, the odd trip to one of the many local sport climbing venues or enjoying the local via ferreta routes. I can honestly say time away with friends whatever you do is some of the most memorable and relaxing times possible.

I appreciate this is a very summarized trip report so I will endeavour to update fully in the near future…………

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