Today was supposed
to be a easy day before going for the Finsteraarhorn tomorrow. But
the Weisnollen has east facing slopes and consequently gets the
sun as soon as it rises. After a short walk across the glacier from
the hut, we donned crampons as the start of the climb was icy and
did not have sufficient snow cover to provide steps.
once we got in to the snow, it was soft - all the way and deep.
So every step went in about a foot. It was knackering, but the way
couldn't be more
From the summit (3590m) Konkordia is just below to the west and
beyond is the Grosser Aletschfirn leading to the Hollandia hut,
about 9kms away.
weather wasn't brilliant, plenty of cloud around and to the east
the Finsteraarhorn was covered.
On the way down Bill started his own tiny mini avalanche as we bounced
downhill, but couldn't recreate it in order to film it!
Back at the hut we stocked up on water at CHF10 per 1.5litres (which
was cheaper than last night at CHF12), though there is stream of
water outside and I found out that putting Isostar powder into fizzy
water makes a passable imitation of a volcano - to the great amusement
of all present.
(Up at 7am, set off at 8.30pm, started climb at 9.10am, summit 12.45pm