Friday, April 06, 2012

The Bernese High Level Route: Diablerets to Kandersteg

The ski tour from Les Diablerets to Kandersteg is one of the finest multi day ski tours in the alps. Chris Dovell and Lia Heisters and I have just completed it.
One of the things which was truly exceptional about this particular ski tour, was how quiet it was
In total we saw a handful of people on the whole expedition. On two of the days we saw no one.

This was what we did.

1st day climbed the Summit of Les Diablerets which is the most westerly mountain in the Oberland

Day 2 .Left the Prarochet Refuge at 7.00am and skied down to Col du Sanetch and then continued to the summit of the Wildhorn.[3248] We skied down to the Cabanne des Audannes

Day 3 In poor visibility we left at around 7.00am and traversed to the Wildstrubel Hutte- possibly one of the best run refuges in the whole of the Alps thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Heinz and Margret.
Day 4 Over onto the summit of the Wisshore. [2904m] [secret listening post for the CIA] and then down onto the glacier Plaine Morte before climbing to the summit of the Wilstrubel[3244m] in fairly windy conditions.
Then a ski down with fresh snow and fresh tracks before a short skin up to the Lammeren Hutte.
Day 5. It was snowing quite hard and the visibility was not good. So we gingerly left the Hutte around 7.30 am and navigated our way over a col before the visibility improved so that we could enjoy some good skiing where we joined a track which eventually lead us back to the cable car which took us down to Kandersteg

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