Along the high frontier visiting a few tops.
by gaffr » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:14 pm
Date walked: 17/07/2005
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I came across Foggies report from Valais on the site. Part of his account is connected to both ends of my report
referred to as the Monte Rosa group of mountains. It seems that no mountain is this area bears the aforementioned name. From what I have found out, the Rosa appears to come from a local dialect name, rouese, which refers to glaciers. There are many of these to encountered during the walk. I had, perhaps, thought that the name came from the rock colour or from the sunlight blazing of the snow at times during the day. Since the terrain is between Italy and Switzerland many of the summits have two names, for example Signalkuppe/Punta Gnifetti and Schwarzhorn/Corno Nero. During the journey we spent a couple of nights at the Ayas refugio, two nights at Quinto Sella Rif. and two nights at the Gnifetti Rif. before descending the Grenz glacier to the Monte Rosa hutte.
by malky_c » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:45 pm
by gaffr » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:22 am
I didn't get, unfortunately, to the 'big Alpes' until I was nearly sixty...but I did go out with folks who had been going out for many, many years and had a great number of trips under their belts. But I must say that on the five times I went out with them they always eased into the venture with a trip over a few days to the sub 4,000 metre peaks.....like from Arrolla over and down to Dix Hutte to traverse Mont Blanc du Cheilon and then over the Arrolla Pic to a refuge...then Bishop's peak ..then return to base camp. Afterwards up to the superbly placed refuge at the Dent Blanc col to traverse over the Grand Cornier to the Moiry Hutte. I think that I recall the so called smaller tops just as fondly as the bigger ones. What am I trying to say.....that each year there was an 'build up' trip 'the training' before going higher....never rushing to go too high at first. Also a multi day trip into the Oberland area from Grimsel Pass and another, again in the Oberland, when we eased our way over a few days towards the Finsteraarhorn. The journeys towards the summits are just as memorable for me....or on several occasions walking, uphill where there was ski uplift available, to increase fitness levels. Don't ignore the, so called, 'wee peaks' of the alpes.... try Grosser Diamantstock, 3,000mtr.+ from the Burghutte...a delightful couple of days out. I am one of these folks that enjoys the 'Hutwalk' ...the getting to the refuge...I know others that hate this bit......some of these are great days out when taken separately.
by foggieclimber » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:54 pm
I don't have any photos of them as I was too busy watching what I was doing at the time.
Would love a trip back there to summit a few more 4000ers.
Thanks for posting
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by davetherave » Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:17 pm
I would like to plan some kind of hill walking / hiking holiday abroad. Do you have any ideas for an inexperianced couple like us.
Kind Regards Dave.
by gaffr » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:56 am
Don't have a vast repetoire of abroad stuff...a few Alpine trips but they tended to be of a few days high up then down and return to the 'base camp' at a camping site...if you let the folks at the site know that you are away for a few days they keep an eye on your 'stuff at camp' and only charge you a wee fee per day when you bring back the receipts from the refuge. What about the GR20 route in Corsica...fine 15 days worth of travelling along the spine of the island and never dropping below 900metres....can be a bit crowded at the refuges but we didn't get involved the that stuff by carrying our camping kit and buying some food en-route. Since going there I've heard that you now have to book or buy tickets for the refuge in advance but that could reduce your flexibility...can you still just turn up at the refuge area with tent without 'booking'? because of the tinderbox fire hazards on the island camping is only allowed at the refuge area...but for sound campers as we Scottish are we didn't feel at all unsafe with our cooking arrangements at a couple of the cols for an overnight bivvy...choose the rocky stuff away from the dry vegetation. Water is the big problem though...all of the refuges are a bit off the 'spine' to allow for a water supply. HM's lot, being all French folks, have done quite a number of the long distance routes in France. Good for Euroland relationships etc....plenty of French, German, Dutch folks to converse with and very few English seem to come here
by davetherave » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:07 pm
Thanks for the help. Will do some research into the GR20 route but not the 15 day traverse. i was thinking more along the 5 day mark. then relax for the rest of the time
I will get researching ASAP at various destinations just to get an idea of whats out there.