Peter and Karin from Australia as part of a holiday in Europe came to Switzerland for a week of climbing with Gary. Starting off at the beginning of the week on some 3500m peaks to get acclimatized, they then headed to the Saas valley and traversed the 4000m Weissmies. A check of the weather forecast on the internet – a front coming in, so an eight pitch rock climb was completed just before the rain started on Thursday. Friday had heavy rain in the morning, so the team checked out the Castle at Aigle (built in the 1600’s) and then whizzed up a Via Ferratta that traverses a spectacular gorge and rock face in nearby Champéry. Friday night the team met up with Iris for a great meal out at the top of Leysin, at the restaurant Prafandaz.
As usual, one of the great things about Alpinism in Switzerland is the abundance of things to do and alternate objectives when the weather is less than perfect.