|Rocio Mountain Guide & Teacher prepares the top rope for the" ice climbing" session.|
Along with four other Mountain Guides; two Swiss Guides Bertrand and Christian and my friend and fellow British Mountain Guide Jonny Baird I was employed by L'Ecole Beau Soleil to climb the Wildstrubel Mountain in the Bernese Oberland. We also had in overall charge of us all Rocio Siemens who is a Mountain Guide and teacher permanently employed by the school . Between us we were responsible for 18 children all roughly 16 and 17 years old.
We drove around to Leukerbad and took the cable car. From there we walked in to the Lammeren Hutte. In the afternoon we checked all the equipment and the children got the chance to test their crampons on the specially erected "ice climbing" poles.
The next morning breakfast was at 6.00am. The issue was that the weather was not being co- operative and it was evident that plan A - The Wildstrubel was no longer a sensible option. We changed plan and made the Steghorn our objective. Everyone set off at about 7.30 am and progress was steady. Even when we got to the exposed scrambling where we split into climbing teams every thing passed off smoothly.
|rocky scramble on the Steghorn.|
|Screen shot of the map of the area . Red lines are ski touring routes.|