We headed to the Fletschhornhütte, an awesome little hut positioned at just over 3000m on a dramatic ridge line looking out toward some of the the eastern Wallis 4000ers. It's an unmanned hut, meaning you have to bring your own food but everything else including blankets, a wood-burning stove, and cooking utensils, is there. A really awesome place: simple, clean, and away from the crowds. We were the only two people there.
On the first day, we approached from the Simplon pass road and headed over Böshorn, a classic peak of the area since it's relatively high (3269m) and apart from the airy summit scramble fairly easily accessible. The way up to the peak was a complete zoo, since part of the approach is shared with other popular peaks that are favorites with large groups on the weekends. We were happy to disappear over onto the other side into complete silence and isolation.
We miscalculated the elevation gain needed on the first day a bit and ended up doing slightly over 2000m of climbing -- which would have been fine except that we had to chop wood, melt water etc. as soon as we arrived, preferably before it got dark. Instant noodles never tasted better.
Next day we awoke to a glorious morning and headed over the Gamsagletcher towards Sengchuppa, which definitely takes the crown for the most amazing peak name of all time. We reached the top in 2 hours and descended back toward Sirvoltesattel over the glaciers. There were pockets of really amazing snow, which in parts had strangely not even been touched by wind. At the end of the glacier, we skinned back up and over Sirvoltesattel and descended back to the Simplon pass road. A really great weekend in a nice corner of the alps, which serves up with some spectacular solitude. Fletschhornhütte is highly recommeded!
|Crowds rolling over toward Sirvoltesee above Simplonpass road|
|wind-sculpted snow on the lower slopes of Böshorn|
|Yves on the approach to Böshorn|
|Finally in view of the summit... erm sort of. We spent the next hour or so in a whiteout.|
Since I expected the scramble to require full attention, I left my camera in the pack where we left our skis... big mistake, as the views from the summit were amazing and the scramble really fun. I kept my phone in my pocket though, so the next few shots are taken with that.
|Once on the summit, the clouds would magically part every few minutes and give us an amazing view of our surroundings -- here, Fletschhorn in the background and Sengchuppa (our sunday objective) in the foreground)|
|looking north toward Berner Oberland|
|Yves navigating the ridge on the descent|
|Once away from the summit ridge, we were also out of the fog -- Yves searching for our exit|
|starting the descent toward the foot of the Gamsagletscher|
|Our tracks and the summit in the middle right|
|Checking the map on the glacier|
|Popping over the ridge toward the hut served up an amazing panorama|
|the little hut is on the ridge in the lower right|
|Weisshorn on the left and Brunneghorn in front on the right -- I climbed it two years ago|
|traversing toward the hut|
|first things first -- chopping wood|
|sunrise and the latrine|
|Sunrise on Dom, Lenzspitze, and Nadelhorn|
|Looking north toward the Aletschgletscher|
|leaving the hut|
|on the summit!|
|Skiing down the glacier|
|crazy wind pattern -- the smooth part was completely untouched by wind|
|Looking at Böshorn from Sirvoltesattel before our final descent|