Tag: Haute Route

Haute Route Day 13-Europahütte to Zermatt

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I heard Denise’s watch alarm go off around 6am and I laid there until about 6:30am. We had shared the bunk room with another couple who slept on the bottom of the bunk and we were on top. They were a bit ricketty, so I was a bit self-conscious about moving around through the night, …

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Haute Route Day 12-St. Niklaus to Europahütte

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As I mentioned in my Haute Route Day 11 post, my mattress had a large crater in the middle of it and I spent most of the night sleeping curled around the edge of it. By the way, Paul from the UK informed me later that this was easily resolved by moving the boards closer …

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Haute Route Day 11-Gruben to St. Niklaus

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We headed out of the Schwarzhorn Hotel after a relatively mediocre breakfast. It was an immediate grunt uphill as we left the building and switchbacked our way towards the Oberstafel . We started out at around 6500′ elevation and would peak at just short of 10,000′ in less than 4 miles. We were had a …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 10-Zinal to Gruben

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We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Hotel Europe around 7:30 AM  then packed up and started on our walk. We saw the older Brit Posse congregating at the supermarche(grocery store) as we headed to the trailhead. It was nice to know we would not have to pass them later and get the dirty looks …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 8-La Sage to Cabane de Moiry

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  Leaving the Hotel de La Sage was tough. We had a fabulous room and fabulous dinner & breakfast. I will dream of those warm, freshly made croissants for years to come. We made our way up the steep road to the little store to stock up with some rations for the day. Our Alpine …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 7-Arolla to La Sage

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We enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast on the second floor of the Hotel du Pigne after a good nights sleep. We watched out the windows as they were setting up the finish line for a local ultra trail run on the main street, just outside the hotel. It was a misty rain out and looked …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 6-Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla

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Another early breakfast and back on the trail by 7:43 AM. We followed Martijn for the immediate long climb up to the Col de Roux which starts 50 yards from the Cabane front door. The climb was well rewarded with a sunrise just coming over the mountain and Lac des Dix spread out below us. …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 5-Cabane du Mont Fort to Cabane de Prafleuri

  We woke up around 6:30am in our private little cubby hole room at the Cabane du Mont Fort. We headed down to breakfast early before most of the people except for a large group of older British folks who were heading out the door. Breakfast was the standard fare of bread, butter, jams, and …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 4-La Chable to Cabane du Mont Fort

Sunset at Cabane du Mont Fort

Today is slated as one of the more difficult stages of the Haute Route. This is mostly due to the over 5500 feet of climbing elevation gained. Personally we are looking forward to this stage since both of us prefer going up over going downhill. I am also looking forward to getting more into the …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 3-Champex to La Chable-Easy Day

We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Hotel du Glacier first thing in the morning, then returned back to the room to finish drying out our laundry. We had direct sunlight on our balcony and it was a bright blue sky day. Our clothes dried out in no time. We got packed up and were …

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