Decided to make a bivouac some 300 meters above the hut because there was no place left in the hut. I can highly recommend this...you will have a better rest, less altimeters to the summit, free and fresh melt water from the glacier and superb surroundings. Made an early start the next day and climbed without problems via the Festi Ridge to the summit.
After two weeks of (mostly) bad weather througout Switserland we climbed Dom on a beautifull sunny day via the normal route and decended the same way. One of my buddies was feeling a bit sick so we took our time but we still reached the summit within 6 hours (as the SAC Fuhrer says), what a beautifull summit it is! We descended all the way to Randa (-3200m) the same day, this was the toughest part of the trip if you ask me. On the way down we even saw some seracs comming down near Lensjoch 50 meters east of the trail.
All in all a beautifull mountain but the normal route is quite boring and the descend without another night in the hut is quite exausting. I regret we did not take the Festi grat to the top, something for later...
Bivouaced above the Domhutte, along the Festigrat to the top and than down via the normal route.
Trop de neige fraiche, obligé de faire demi-tour vers 4 050m
Started at 3am at the Domhutte. About 17 other climbers staying at the mountain refuge. My partner and myself being the youngest out of all of them gave me an interesting perception of where I may stand on the mountaineering scales. Reaching the summit in 7hrs, and decieded to hoof it all the back to Randa, for a total of 14hrs on foot. It was a spectacular day. Conditions were poor right up until that Tuesday, and the diminished again on Wednesday. The window of opportunity was there for us. It was smooth all the way up. I didn't think the ropes on the Festijoch, were in great condition, but they held up nicely. Stuck to the ridge and made our way up. Spent little time at top because we new we had a long way out. Great day though, one to remeber forever.
In three days from Randa with a group of six. Seven hours to the summit, five back to the hut. Fantastic weather, good conditions. Enough snow on the glacier after Festijoch so it was not icy. Glad we spent another night in the hut after summiting and didn't try to descent all the way to Randa...
So it was our second time.
and finally we get it!
Last time was a very taugh and unlucky experience with absolutely bad weather. This time it was wonderfull, sunny and warm.
Then in a long cue all toghether we reached the top: wonderfull view by there.
Randa-Domhutte- somewhere hogher-slept in a tent.
Summit day- very hot- spent much time during the descent on the moraine-crevasses!
Descended to Randa.
Very nice but too hot weather.
Summitted in poor weather. 30 people left the hut, 8 reached the summit. It is a windy place. My head almost blew off when I peeked over the edge. Bring a GPS.
Tour on Dom in 2004 with Daniel Stoffel
14 Jul 2010, Festigrat
In icy conditions with one pick, 7h to the summit.
Climbed with mooliczek, igi and matti
21 July 2005, Normal Route, Solo
I slept without tent in the rocks above Dom Htt. Very strong, cold wind (or my clothes were to thin :)) start 4am, summit about 8am, Dom htt.11am
Our group was going to climb the Festigrat of the Dom.
People we met at the hut told us that the route is in such icy condition that it would not make sense doing it with only one pick. Tuomas although had wisely taken both two of them but that did not help the rest of us.
So we took the normal route up the mountain. I have never been climbing in the Alps in such windy conditions. Tryied to make a direct variations on the wall to reach the top of the seracs from their left side (view from below) but a huge crevasse made us turn back a bit and make ascent nearer to the Lensjoch.
Made it to the top.
Snowy and foggy all the day and the past two nights.
We reached the plateu at about 4250m in less than 4:30: we were in quite good condition.
No path detectable, no sign of any passage, no view: completly lost into the fog. We quit.
We will come back next year
Nice climb, beautyful view during the climb, cloudy and no view on the top --> what a pity. Good reason to do this trip again!
Reached Domhütte via Täschalp / Europaweg, very scenic hike & not much longer than standard trail from Randa.
Dinner was great, very friendly warden but extremly narrow to almost non-existent beds... night is short anyway, started at 3.45 am. Lower glacier presented only few crevasses. Short rocky passages up to Festijoch were secured with fixed ropes. Conditions on Festigrat were optimum, fresh and firm snow with nearly no ice. Took us 6.5h to summit. Incredible views due to the cold weather -- Ortler as well as Monviso were clearly visible, even the Mediterranean Sea and the Apennin appered in the haze. Descending the crest on short rope required concentration for 2h, the rest was long but without further challanges. Reached Täschalp at 8.30 pm.
After fresh snowfall Festigrat seems to me a much better (and straighter) way than the normal route.
Very long tour from Randa.
We overnighted at the Dom Hut.
It rained until 2am and of course...snowed above!
We left the hut at 3am and reached the summit at 9.45am.
We were keen to climb the Festigrat but it had been strongly not advised due to the icy conditions.
We took the long N route and some slopes were like -killers-that day due to the fresh snow.
Indeed half of the people gave up!
On the way back to the hut i drop one leg in a crevasse!
I di not enjoy so much to walk back on the Festigletscher(the top bit from Festijoch)in the early afternoon,because the bridges over the crevasses were melting and collapsing.
My advise is that it is much safer to avoid to walk on that glacier after 2pm.
A long climb but happynes on the summit!
Hard climb but wonderful way. www.mymountain.ch
We (Gilbert, Luc and Myself) climbed the Dom by the normal route on a sunny day. We stayed at the summit for about one hour and enjoyed the views! We wanted to do the Festigrat but on the summit of the Festijoch we had some stomachproblems so we decided to do the normal route.Nice route anyway, heavyer than the normal route on Mont blanc.
We made bivac about one hour above the hut...
Festi grat is a nice tour in rock and ice, and not so difficult at all.
II and 45 max. Long descent to Randa !!!