Swiss Valais

Peak Bagging in the Valais, Swiss Alps

Just back from a brief visit to the Swiss Valais.

Despite being there for a week we ended up with just a 3-day weather window, during which time we managed ascents of the Zinal Rothorn (4200m) and the Ober Gabelhorn (4065m).

Both peaks retain their big mountain feel, both over the illustrious 4000m mark and both requiring full valley-up ascents, with no cable-cars to access this big and wild region of the high alps.

Relaxing in the valley. Zinal Rothorn behind.

River crossing on the approach to the Rothorn Hut

Still smiling in the early hours of the morning

Descending the Zinal Rothorn. Another party can be seen descending from the Notch.

Circa 3850m on the Zinal Rothorn

Dawn on the approach to the Ober Gabelhorn

Climbing on the upper ridge of the Wellenkuppe around 3700m

Dan on the summit of the Ober Gabelhorn

Descending from the Ober Gabelhorn

Rich abseiling from the Wellenkuppe. Zinal Rothorn behind.

Grappling loose scree and tangled ropes high above the Trift Glacier

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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