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Conditions in the Bernese Oberland in mid-sept.

Postby Attila the Hun » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:18 am

A general query here; what are conditions generally like in the Bernese Oberland in mid-September? I appreciate that there is generally an increased crevasse danger etc, but does anything else spring to mind?

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Brían
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Re: Conditions in the Bernese Oberland in mid-sept.

Postby Nikman » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:20 pm

Attila the Hun wrote:A general query here; what are conditions generally like in the Bernese Oberland in mid-September? I appreciate that there is generally an increased crevasse danger etc, but does anything else spring to mind?

Thanks,

Brían


Depending on the summer the big glacier crossing-routes might be impossible because of crevasses.
There is a trend that more and more people go for it in late spring by ski mountaineering or in the early summer.
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Postby Moni » Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:24 pm

It can be glorious in the fall - a lot of the rock routes will be in great shape. The smaller glaciers will be dry, so crevasses may or may not be a problem, but at least you'll see them.. Higher up the glaciers can be really treacherous.

BUT it can also decide to snow down far - all depends on Mother Nature's whims.

I would tend to look at rock routes in the Grimsel area, for example, or the Engelhörner. Diamantstock or Hühnertälihorn (Hiendertelltihorn) cross some glacier, but they are not considered problematic. Diechterhorn has glacier, but it is dry to the saddle.

These climbs depending on your viewpoint are in the Berner Alps or in Uri Alps.
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Postby Attila the Hun » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:14 am

Thanks for the info, all. The provisional plan is to peak bag a couple of the simpler 4000ers around the Jungfrau/Fiescherhorn area. The plan also includes a hike down the glacier to the Konkordiahutte from the Jungfraujoch, and then possibly back up to the Jungfraujoch via Gross Fiescherhorn along glacier again (can't remember the name of either of the glaciers), hence my concern about glacier conditions at that time of year (mid-sept).
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Postby Moni » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:55 pm

Jungfraufirn and Ewigschneefeld. Both are popular and would have a good track, but could be tricky so late in the year.
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Postby Attila the Hun » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:58 am

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out closer to the time. I'll probably end up giving it a lash and see what happens.
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