I’m a little behind on posting but hey-ho. Today we had a proper spring tour, temperature wise at least. Above 1800 the snow was still great in the shade. Original plan was to go for Diemtigtaler Rothorn (2410m) but as we started skinning it looked quite tracked out and more people seemed to be headed that way. So we took a detour and climbed on Mariannehubel (2156m). Just a few people and more importantly almost no tracks. Beer in the sun.
Since last year’s trip to the US was so much fun we thought we would make it a yearly event. Additionally we brought Junior on board and flew East to Caucasus. We landed in Tbilisi early morning and were met by our designated driver and soon to be friend Andro. We packed the imported Japanese 4×4 and hit the road towards the mountains. The adventure was on.
Our destination was Mestia in the Svaneti region. It’s only some 400km from Tbilisi but i think it took us about 11 hours, the roads are not great and once the road enters the mountains it is no longer cleared and there was snow. Forget it without a proper 4×4. Oh and there are cows as well Anyway we made it and settled it with our host and guide Leri.
The following days have been a combination of touring and resort skiing. And along the way getting to know the amazing region and country, eating the most awesome food and toasting with plenty of Chacha. The snow the first few days was amazingly light then it got warmer and it got heavier. And the scenery is just stunning, the mountains are massive. Would definitely come back for some heli…
The pictures are a mix from all of us and the drone footage is from a guy who joined us on one of the days. Hopefully Junior will make a more detailed post like an adventure of this magnitude deserves
Edit: and he did as i hoped😛
The cold came to Basel this week and with it the first snow flurries. Not enough to stick to the ground but at least it feels like winter. Just a few minutes from our office in the Jura however there is enough snow for touring and we set off today on our traditional dawn patrol destination of Hohe Winde. Early morning start took as a little longer than expected so we caught the dawn at the parking but instead we got to see the sun once we made it to the main ridge. The top part is almost bare because of strong winds but lower down the snow was great all the way back to the car. A good way to start your work day.
Practice makes perfect they say. So we practiced again, thanks to our friends from Picos we had a nice wintery avalanche burial workshop.
A short tour today, staying on the safe side. Conditions treacherous and the weather weird. We took a not so early train to the heart of Berner Oberland where we met our ex colleague and drove towards Gantrisch Naturpark. Raining all the way up to 1300 m but then just as we reached our starting point the scenery got white and it started snowing. Funny. The snow was still wet and it was really windy. Luckily we anticipated that and stayed on the eastern side, at least somewhat sheltered from the elements. From the hut it is just a short skin up to the top of Birenhubel (1850 m). The top was cold, windy and foggy and so we were quick to ski back down to rain.
New Year and still no snow. Well, not anything worth mentioning anyway. So we went hiking again. From Kandersteg up to the frozen Oeschinensee (1522m) and from there further toward Blüemlisalp. We only went as far as Oberbärgli (1978m), a nice little Alp below the glaciers where we sat in the sun and enjoyed the views below. Then back down to the lake and across the ice for dinner in the village.
Winter is missing and to see snow you need to go high. We left Basel at 4.30 in the morning for Interlaken, where we boarded the train that takes you up to Jungfraujoch station (3454 m). Several highest here: highest railway station, highest observatory, highest radio relay station, highest chocolate and watch shop and as a christmas special it also hosts the highest christmas tree in Europe. And the views are of the highest calibre as well…
We set off towards the Mönchsjochhütte (3658 m) which is situated just above the Obers Mönchsjoch (3627 m). In winter they don’t normally maintain the route for tourists but with this weather there were quite a few people going for the free Gletscherkaffe – coffee with lots of Schnapps. We left the hut and crowds behind and continued on across the Ewigschneefeld towards the Unders Mönchsjoch (3518 m). Fantastic setting and wonderful albeit way to warm weather.
Unfortunately you need to play the sardine on the way down as the trains are packed with Japanese and American tourists from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. In Interlaken we finally found some peace and quiet for a nice Rösti and some beer before going back home.
Jungfraufirm leads to Konkordiaplatz and Aletschglacier
Lack of oxygen again…
Towards Unners Mönchsjoch