Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bietschorn West Ridge

I find Bietschorn as one of the most beautiful mountains is the Alps. This steep pyramid is is just a few meters below 4000 meter mark and it doesn't get the same attention like Matterhorn. Nevertheless it's definitely a respectful challenge for alpinists. Especially for Finnish flat-landers. Together with Henkka the goal was to climb the West Ridge and also spot close by possible skiing lines.

It had snowed couple days before up to half a meter, so we didn't really know what kind of troubles we'll face higher up. Climbing was pretty easy, but the snow sure made our day more challenging. As all the guide books warn, the climb is really long. At the end all went well and we got the adventure we went looking for.

Thanks Henkka for sharing the rope! Special thanks for Anni at Bietschornhütte for taking such a good care of us! Hope to be back on this beautiful mountain during the winter.

On the Bietschorn "Talsummit" ©Henri Kuokkanen

We started from Blatten in Lötschental. 

The most authentic hut in the Swiss Alps, the Bietschornhütte. 


Bietschorn West-Ridge from Bietscjoch.


The ridge is long! 

Trawerse after Roteturm


Summit Ridge @Henri Kuokkanen


Rote Turm


From here its still a long way down to Blatten...

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