After ski patrol kicked us off the mountain, we skied to the Mont Fort hut to meet the rest of our group. This is the view from the deck of the Mont Fort Hut. A look back at the Val d’Arpette, or the Val d’Crapette as it became affectionately known.
A closer look at our descent route.
The huts had all the comforts of home!
That is some serious packing skill if you can fit that bottle in your pack that you bought at duty free... ;)
Skiing, Scotch, Salad. and beer
I would love to tell you what we were laughing about!
This view will be etched in my memory forever.
Unfortunately, after leaving the hut the next morning, I would make one more climb up the Col de Chaux. The warm temps and sweaty feet proved too much for my skin as my blisters became unbearable. With close proximity to Verbier, this would be my last “bail out” opportunity before re-entering the backcountry for several days.
A look back at the Mont Fort Hut
Top of the Col de Chaux
Since our luggage (and my street shoes) wouldnt get to Zermatt for a few more days I had to buy these flip flops for 90CHFs. That equals a lot of US dollars.
90CHFs for those flip flops, really??!?
I caught a train to Zermatt to await the arrival of my friends. For the next few days I sat on the deck of the hostel under the shadow of the Matterhorn reading “Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps” a must read for anyone interested in the history and exploration of the Alps!
I never imagined how stunning it would be.
Although I wasn’t able to complete the entire Haute Route, it was definitely the trip of a lifetime. Every time I don’t complete an objective, whether it’s summiting a peak or finishing a hike etc, it’s a learning experience to try and figure how to be successful the next time.
This is my first trip report. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!