This year we headed to Saas Grund to start the trip.
the first trip in to the mountains was a multi pitch route up Jegihorn, the next day we tackled Weissmies.
We then when up to the Mischabel Hutte, next day we took on the Nadelgrat. It was a very long day a 2.30am start and did not get back to the hut till 11pm, but still summited Dürrenhorn, Hohberghorn Stecknadelhorn, Ulrichhorn.
We then relocated to Pontresina. The first day out on the mountains we got half way to the hut but got rained off. We then took two days to dry out, and then when back up to the hut. With a 5am start we sumitted Piz Bernina 4048m.
So after my experiments with different energy bars none seemed to tick all the boxes, they were either too sweet or stodgy.
Only a couple of days before going away, I was getting in the mood for the Alps I was reading Ueli Steck’s kit list. On it was PowerBar Energize bars. So I found some at a local cycle store and picked up two flavours Banana & Mango Passion Fruit.
The first high trip we took I cracked open the Mango Passion Fruit flavour bar. It was really nice, not too sweet but filling. It was chewy but with a little bit of crisp.
For every high trip I had 1 or 2 a day, they were perfect, small in size by also packed in 845Kj 200kcal.
So on my return I ordered a whole box and plan to use them for all my trips away.
The banana flavour was also nice, but i preferred the Mango Passion Fruit.
After 2 and half years after my training and about 5 years of logging mountain days I have now passed my Mountain Leader Qualification.
The second weekend was a mixed bag. Friday started & ended in the rain. It was pouring at 11am when we headed out. Within Mins we were all soaked. After a couple of legs we got to our campsite next to a llyn. It was still pouring and the wind had picked up. The night Nav was really wet and tough.
Luckily the next morning the sun was out. We got the chance to dry out a bit before next days walking. With the day in the sun it was lovely. The next campsite was really nice next to a lake in the sun.
The third day bought a new set of weather, sun to start then rain, hail, followed by more rain.
Lori picked me up at 9.30 am, I was ready for a full days walking after a beans on toast breakfast. We drove the short distance to the cable car that would take us from the valley floor to about 2200m.
We jumped in the cable car and rode it to the top, we were the only ones on the cable car, and it seemed like it was going to be a quite days walking. We soon got in our stride which Lori set. He was solovien and was a man of few words, even thought his English was broken we understood him. Even with the ability to speak fluent English he would not be a loud mouth. He explained that he does not like to compare himself to other guides that like to boast about what they do. We got the scene that he was better that we first expected.
We soon had the tor glacier and Albert premier hut out destination for the day insight. We got to the hut 2 hours after we started out. Life in a mountain hut is slow, nobody is in a rush and it take getting used to. There are cooked meals which are very welcome. I had a cheese omelet for lunch and a giant glass of water. After lunch we headed down on to the glacier for a crampon and ice axe training, it was brief bit covered everything we need to know. Lori said that we needed to walk with our legs wide and bent at the knee, which he related to a cowboy.
Dinner was a formal affair with places set and wine on the tables. Started was bean soup with cheese and croutons, main course was served in the same bowl as the soup was chicken in a creamy mustard sauce and mashed lentils. Dessert was tirmisu which all dispersed, very quickly.
Tristian & me tackled the north face of Ben Nevis. We started out from the North Face car park and headed toward the SIS hut, but then took a detour up the slope towards Carn Beag Dearg. At about 800 meters we stopped to put on the crampons as the snow started to get deep.
We got up to Carn Beg Dearg and then started along the ridge towards Carn Dearg Meadhonach. The snow was ice capped and the wind was picking up.
With the light fading and darkness approaching we decided to head back.