Today we decided to go for an easy tour near HochyBrig. However – most of the route we wanted to walk was closed to preserve nature. Pezz mentioned that most of the birds must have flown their path anyway by now but she insisted we didn’t go there reminding us that it was blocked off for a very good reason. I agree.
So we had to re-route and walk mostly on a piste (albeit an empty one) to the top of the Ibergeregg ski piste and then cut right across the ridge to Furgellenstock.
Once we got to the top we werent quite sure what the best way to come down would be. Going back the way we came up would bring us to the piste which I thought would give us the most consistent downhill, but we would have to put our skins back on to get there. Going down off the West side of the summit meant we would have probably about 20 nice turns and then we would be into forest and have to walk and pole push our way out.
We decided for the former but we ended up somewhere unsatisfied as groomed piste was quite flat and boring and the off-piste snow was sticky.
All said and done, it was a great girls day out! The banter was good and who cares about the rest when you are surrounded by good company and good friends.
I was excited all week long to climb Chli Chärpf yesterday with Mathilde and it lived up to beyond my expectations. We set off early from the car park on the side of the road, beyond the Elm Ski station and made our way up with the summit in sight.
The weather was spectacular and we stopped twice within the first hour to take layers of clothes off.
We pushed it quite hard in the first 750mtrs and paid for that a little in the second half. But it was ok. Getting to the top required some technical work – most people were taking off their skis and boot packing it up but we decided to leave them on. This was one of those moments you really don’t want to make a mistake. We had to edge up a narrow couloir/gully with our skis parallel to the slope and make an exact kick turn on the same +45 degree (est) slope to change direction and carry on up the last 200 mtrs to the summit.
Nothing like a little adventure! But we all managed it without any glitches.
The view from the top was breathtaking and it was warm enough so we took our time and ate a couple of sandwiches.
This tour bangs a lot for your buck – the uphill is challenging and consistently steep and you are rewarded with some of the best snow and downhill I have had yet on a skitour. Its not often that the downhill feels longer than the uphill but yesterday it seemed to go on forever.
Another weekend on the hills, this time with ultra running buddy Christian who was recovering from a 1,600mtr monster the day before (and a concert if I remember correctly)
Hochybrig was just stunning – we summitted Furgellenstock. Safe, sunny conditions and a great day out with a good friend!
Photos taken from a wonderful day out in Obersaxen. We went from Surcuolm where were were lodged at the Bundner Rigi gasthaus (fabulous btw) to Frigga Hüs and climbed up to Piz Titschal. About 1,200 mtrs of alt. gain and stunning views. Especially the one of the sky after I fell over while trying to take a video while walking. Not as easy as it sounds when on ski’s!
Its finally beginning to snow in Switzerland! Last weekend we kicked off the season with an easy day in Flumserberg.
Some of the other resorts like Davos have been using machines to create artificial snow but luckily in Flumserberg the snow was 100% natural. Although there wasnt much of it – there was enough for a day of fun!
First Ski Tour Race
Next Saturday I will give the Night Attack a go. Just for fun. It will be my first skitour race! The altitude gain isn’t extreme (about 700mtrs in total) and I have absolutely no expectations for my performance and have chosen to ignore the provocative message my friend Kate sent me, with her time from last year!
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to attend an LVS Course being organized by Mammut and Thomas Scheuner a mate of my boyfriend who runs the mountain sports shop called Kundalini in Zurich.
The evening was great, we got to practice using our avalanche transmitter receivers and learned some new things about searching for multiple bodies in snow. The topic of snow safety is really important for me. I don’t have a huge amount of freeride and touring experience but this year I am especially keen to get out there as much as possible and start notching up tours. So the more I can learn about avalanche search and rescue the better. Which brings me onto Thomas’ avalanche experience this year.
Thomas Scheuner is a friend of my boyfriend`s from way back. Last year I met him for the first time just after the accident documented in the below video happened. Since then he has recovered completely and created a great video of his experience that brings the viewer through the avalanche thanks to the headcam recording. Afterwards he slows it down and recounts step by step how it happened and goes as far as showing us the avalanche signs he ignored.