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 Peak(s):  Haute Route - 0 feet
 Post Date:  08/23/2011
 Date Climbed:   04/04/2011
 Posted By:  CloudCityKid

 Haute Route-France to Switzerland Part 2   

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.
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A closer look at our descent route.
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Val d'Arpette

The huts had all the comforts of home!
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That is some serious packing skill if you can fit that bottle in your pack that you bought at duty free... ;)

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Skiing, Scotch, Salad. and beer

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I would love to tell you what we were laughing about!

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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.
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A look back at the Mont Fort Hut

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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.
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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!
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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!
Bryan



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
Carl


Nice!     2011-08-23 08:59:11
Looks like a great trip and a solid balance of skiing and otherwise enjoying yourselves. Thanks for the TR.


hberry


Nice Report     2011-08-23 09:11:01
I read a really long article on doing this route a month or so ago and got really interested. Would you say it was well worth the money you spent to go?


CloudCityKid

The experience of a lifetime     2011-08-23 09:39:29
I think the experience was absolutely worth it, especially if youve never been to the alps. At the huts, stuff like water,wine,and beer are expensive, but the meals are great and its ”all you can eat”. The Rosti alone is worth the trip! If you have an experienced group, you could do it unguided. As long as visibility is good, route finding through the glaciers is quite clear, esp since there are a lot of people. You'd have to fight the guided groups to get on the rappel, but I saw some europeans down climb the pitch without using the fixed ropes. (only for the experienced though bc its 55degrees+/- and a few hundred feet down). Let me know if you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them! Thanks for reading!


ftfunmom

Love it     2011-08-23 19:46:09
I loved your pictures. We did the walking version of the Haute Route about 10 years ago and saw many of the same sights... stayed at Cabane du Mont Fort, hiked down Val d'Arpette, stayed in Champex. Same views of Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. You really made me want to go back. Great adventure, thanks for sharing.



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