Route -
to Zermatt

Tignes Off Piste Jan 2004
Gogarth Climbing June 04
Bernese Oberland Tour

Hut to Hut Grimsel to Fafleralp
August 2002

Day Six : Abeni Flue 3962m

Departing at 8:30am, we followed tracks going north round from the back of the hut, up the left side of the Abeni Flue Firn. It has an easy gradient, but as often seems the way when the cloud is low, it seemed a long way.

Nigel leaves behind the hutWe couldn't see very far!All we could see of the final section to summit

Nigel and Dave on the summitPassing to the east of the Mittaghorn (unseen above us), we turned to the north west and met the other party from the hut who were on there way back down. They had tried for the Mittaghorn, but couldn't find the route in the cloud and so had gone for the Abeni Flue instead. So we had tracks to follow.
As the way steepened we had to weave in and out of crevasses, but as the gradient eased we guessed we were on the summit as everything around us was going downhill. It was 12:07pm and we stayed there until 12:40pm.
Atmospheric views on descent An easy descent was very warm as the midday heat reflected from the snow, the clouds did nothing to cool things down. We were back at the hut for 2:40pm.


David Mercer2002