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Exploring the Aletsch Glacier

 
Exploring the Aletsch Glacier

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Object Title: Exploring the Aletsch Glacier

Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing, Hiking, Scenery, Panorama

 

Page By: rgg

Created/Edited: Nov 5, 2014 / Nov 5, 2014

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Getting Acclimatized

Zooming in on the Trugberg (3933m)
Zooming in on the Trugberg (3933m) from the Aletsch Glacier. Below the lenticular cloud on the far left, further back and therefore seemingly just an insignificant shoulder, is Mönch (4107m)
We met up in the south of Switzerland by the end of August, 2014. The two previous years Mark and I had been climbing in the Alps together, having a great time and fulfilling some long standing dreams. This time Mark had brought along Keith, his son, who had almost no experience in the mountains but was eager to learn.

Looking up the Mittelaletschgletscher to Aletschhorn (4195m)
Looking up the Mittelaletschgletscher to Aletschhorn (4193m)
While I was already travelling in the Alps for a long time, Mark and Keith came straight from the English lowlands, so before we could seriously think of climbing some of the many big and beautiful peaks, they would have to get used to the thin air. And with that in mind, Mark proposed we take a couple of days working our way up the Grand Aletsch Glacier, culminating in climbing the Mönch (4107m) and Aletschhorn (4193m).

Change of Plans

As happens so often in the mountains, things didn't quite go according to plan. To make a long story short, we hiked up part of the Grand Aletsch Glacier alright, and then we turned around and hiked back down. Why, you might ask? Well, for that you'll have to read the trip report that Mark is planning to post real soon.

 For now, this album shows a selection of my pictures.

Nackered
Mark is knackered

Images


Keith on the trail alongside the Grand Aletsch Glacier

Keith on the trail alongside the Grand Aletsch Glacier

The Mönch is coming into view at the top of the Aletschgletscher

The Mönch is coming into view at the top of the Aletschgletscher

Looking up the Grand Aletsch Glacier

Looking up the Grand Aletsch Glacier

One of many crevasses on the Grosser Aletschgletscher

One of many crevasses on the Grosser Aletschgletscher

Afternoon light on the Grand Aletsch Glacier

Afternoon light on the Grand Aletsch Glacier

Matterhorn (4478m) and Weisshorn (4506m) at dusk

Matterhorn (4478m) and Weisshorn (4506m) at dusk

Aletschhorn

Aletschhorn

Biel

Biel

On the Aletschgletscher just below Konkordiaplatz

On the Aletschgletscher just below Konkordiaplatz

Alpenglow on Helsenhorn (3272m)

Alpenglow on Helsenhorn (3272m)

Zooming in on the Trugberg (3933m)

Zooming in on the Trugberg (3933m)

Knackered

Knackered

Dreieckhorn (3811m)

Dreieckhorn (3811m)

Looking up the Mittelaletschgletscher to Aletschhorn (4193m)

Looking up the Mittelaletschgletscher to Aletschhorn (4193m)

Alpenglow on Scherbadung aka Pizzo Cervandone (3210m)

Alpenglow on Scherbadung aka Pizzo Cervandone (3210m)


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Mike LewisI love a good glacier story

Mike Lewis

Voted 10/10

Nice album rgg! I can't wait for Mark's TR.
Posted Nov 5, 2014 4:03 pm

rggRe: I love a good glacier story

rgg

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Thanks Mike. I'm looking forward to that TR myself too.
Posted Nov 6, 2014 9:33 am

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