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Aletschhorn 2008

Aletschhorn 2008

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.46547°N / 7.99100°E

Object Title: Aletschhorn 2008

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 17, 2008

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer


Page By: Finne

Created/Edited: Oct 27, 2008 / Nov 12, 2008

Object ID: 457621

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a fantastic lonely mountain

The trip on the Aletschhorn of my brother and me from 17.08.08 until 20.08.08.
As we started at Belalp 1330m alt. in the afternoon we didn't knew that the way to the Mittelaletschbiwak would be so far and we need 1 day more as we planned. Later we were hearing that this is the mountain with the longest way to the summit in the Alps along the normal route. We planned to sleep on the Aletsch glacier but later a rain shower forced us to sleep in a little hut (Tätsche).
in the Tätsche hut

The next morning was very well and we started at 6 am. Soon we reached the glacier after following the path. Not easy to find the right way down to the glacier. After a short irritation by the labyrinth of crevasses we reached the middle of the glacier.
on the great Aletsch glacier
on the great Aletsch glacier

But at 9:30 we turned to the Mittelaletsch glacier. We walked at the right side, but in the middle it is much better. At 16 we were at the Mittelaletsch Biwak at 3013m.
the Mittelaletsch bivouac
At this day we were 10 alpinists, 8 in descending and we both in ascending.
The forcast was well until the next noon. So we started at 4:30. But it wasn't easy to find the right way in a mixed terrain even in the moonlight. Later we regained the lost time on the glacier. Reaching the Aletschjoch it was a difficult passage to point P. 3718m because the condition of the snow wasn't well. We both don't have experience in hiking steep slopes. So we were very impressed by the northern slope which is declined 55° over 700 m altitude in defference.
soon the dangerous Aletschjoch is visible again
The ridge was sharp like a knife. Not one footstep had place on the ridge. In the higher region the snow was much better. At 10am we crossed the hump of firn P. 4086. Then it wasn't far to the very impressive summit ridge whith snow at the east side and steep rugged rock at the west side. At noon we reached the summit without any clouds only a cold and stormy wind.
finally we reached the summit

the summit with fresh white powder in the next morning

A beautiful view all over the Alps was possible from this central situated summit in 4192m altitude. After 30 minutes we descended at the same route. Already in the half way we stood in the clouds and just when we arrived the bivouac at 17 pm it began to rain. The night we passed in the bivouac again. By reason that we took more time as we thought for this trip the only provisions we had were chocolate and a bit of tea, bread and salami for the night and the next day. So we were very afraid that the last group let us their no longer requiered soup, sausage and bread (thank you very much at this place to the hungarian friends!). In the night it rained all the time and in the higher region it fell snow again. But in the morning there were only a few clouds and the summit was shining so beautiful.
even big stones you can find on the glacier
At 8:30 we descended the Mittelaletsch glacier and crossed the great Aletsch glacier to take this time the way over Bettmeralp and Riederfurka. In this way we crossed over the the dam which retains the melt water of the great Aletsch glacier (Stausee Gibidum). After this long trip we arrived Blatten just 5 minutes before 6 pm and could buy our dinner for our hungry stomachs in a little grocery store. What a great feeling and impressing tour! [img:457979:aligncenter:small:]



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