Friday, 9 July 2010

#108 - Fiescheralp to Gletscherstube

Our only day out walking with all of the gang. We eventually got everyone organised and out onto the cable car up to Fiescheralp. It was then a 45 minute walk down to Bettmeralp and a gondola ride up to Bettmergrat. Here, Richard took the majority up on the Alpine route to the Bettmerhorn summit, whilst I escorted Jo along the edge of the ridge overlooking the Aletsch Glacier, to Marjelensee. This route is a particular favourite of mine, starting high above the ice, you gradually descend to the glacier edge. As you near the wall, you start to notice the cobalt blue crevasses, and when you spot someone on, or close to the surface, you really begin to appreciate its size.

Jo and I stopped at Marjelensee, waiting for the others to catch up, and they weren't far behind.

After Jack had finally thrown himself into the glacial lake after threatening to do so all week, we all went down to the foot of the glacier's edge. The walk down can be dangerous and care should be taken. Last year, Diane and I saw someone being airlifted after a fall, and this year, we were close to a repeat when Jo stepped on the wet surface of rock that has been polished smooth by the glacier. It was only the quick actions of Richard that averted a serious accident.

The glacier wall is immense but it differed from the previous year, and looked unstable. There was fresh collapse on the edge and I was nervous when Jon put on his crampons and went up between a crevasse in the side, rather than take my advice and get onto it from a higher, safer route.

Late lunch at the Gletscherstube Hut, a particularly good version of Rosti, and then we had a shortcut through the tunnel back to the cable car.
  • Date: 09/07/10
  • Region: Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland
  • Status: Equals
  • Description: Fiescheralp – Furrihutte – Bettmeralp – Bettmergrat – Marjelensee- Fiescheralp – Sunny, Equals - 13km, 7h
  • Type of Walk: International Personal Walking - Summer Conditions