Is there a route from Saas Fee to Zermatt (or vice versa) that I can do solo safely without worrying about crevasses?
I just looked into the NE ridge of the Allalinhorn and I think it might be outside my comfort range.
I'm not intimately familiar with the area, but I plan to get up close with the Mischabel group on my trip, I'm just wondering if traveling across the Mischabel group is safe solo.
If not, I'm thinking about just renting crampons while in Chamonix so I won't have to carry them the entire trip.
Hi 13ers, you may try the Weißmies (4061 m) via Allmageller hut. This is a glacier and crevasse free ascent from Saas Almagell to Almageller hut (overnight stay) and then to Zwischbergpass and the south ridge up to the summit. Back on the same route!
Nevertheless you need crampons, an ice axe and the ability to cope with exposed UIAA grade I terrain on the rock part of the south ridge at a hight from 3800 m up to 4000 m.
The only glacier and crevasse free trip in the Mischabel group I know is Balfrin (3795 m) and Groß Bigerhorn (3626 m) from Bordier hut. Start at Gasenried above Sankt Niklaus up to Bordierhut (overnight stay). Climb Groß Bigerhorn (talus ridge) and traverse to Balfrin north and south summit (snow and easy rocks, sometimes a bit airy).
All other Mischabel summits have glacier and / or difficult rock ascents.
Other glacier free trips are: Mettelhorn, Schöllihorn, Üssers and Inners Barrhorn (descriptions to be found on SP!).
For the high peaks go and rent a mountain guide!!
Happy peak bagging, Michael