Le Grammont

Continued…. For my last day in Europe, all I really wanted was some better weather, which was starting to seem like too much to ask. I briefly considered a climb of Dents du Midi, the highpoint of the Chablais Alps above Geneva, but the summer route certainly wasn’t in season and I wanted a bit […]

Le Prarion

Continued…. The night I arrived in Chamonix I received the unfortunate news from my guide- Mont Blanc was a no go due to avalanche risks, and that no one was heading up the mountain until at least the following week due to the poor conditions. I now had 3 rainy days in Chamonix to fill, […]

Breithorn

Breithorn 4,164 m, Breithorn Central (Mittelgipfel) 4,160 m and Gobba di Rollin 3,899 m Continued….. After being stymied on Allalinhorn from crevasses, I was hoping to find better success out of Zermatt, the climbing hub of the major Swiss summits, which would hopefully translate into better defined routes even in this horrible spring. I arrived […]

Allalinhorn (failed attempt)

Attempt on Allalinhorn 4027 m *While I don’t typically write trip reports about completely failed summit attempts, getting beta on US sites on peakbagging in the Alps can be somewhat difficult, so I thought adding this into the mix might be worthwhile.  …..Continued After my failed attempt on Vorder-Grauspitz, I was turning my attention to […]

Hinter-Grauspitz

Hinter-Grauspitz 2574 m, and Kamm 2123 m Failed attempt of Vorder-Grauspitz The Vorder-Grauspitz is the highest summit in the small country Lichtenstein, lying on the Swiss border in the small Ratikon subrange. While not particularly tall by Alpine standards, it does feature a challenging class IV, somewhat loose summit ridgeline that have turned back many […]