Alpinism Adventures in Europe

alpine fauna while mountaineering

Ibex in the Swiss Alps

End of June in the European Alps saw Andrew from Wanaka, with Gaz, our chief mountain guide, head off to higher altitudes. Firstly, they traversed the Weissmies, a 4023 m peak in Switzerland with just all right conditions. For their second goal, the Nadelhorn, the weather improved and blue skies were part of this alpine climbing adventure. This peak of 4327 m can be reached from the Mischabelhut and a reasonably good fitness level is required. Strong high winds and more rain approaching brought the team back to Leysin, to  finish the week with the local via ferrata of Les Plans, a short but quite demanding adventure in itself. Andrew then popped over to Chamonix to pick up his family and before they continued their travels with biking in France, we all went out to a mountain restaurant with more friends from Wanaka: Phil Melchior, booked for adventure # 17 with our boutique enterprise Alpinism & Ski, arrived with his charming wife Barb. Chalet Ermina, the B&B used for our alpinism guests, saw everybody leave the next day and here some souvenir shots from Andrew’s week in the Swiss Alps: