Joined: 12 Oct 2006 Posts: 476 | TRs | Pics Location: Edmonds, WA
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:06 am
I went to Switzerland to climb Dufourspitze and Mont Blanc. Unfortunately an untimely illness forced me to evacuate the Monte Rosa massif after the first three days and hurry down to the town of Visp for emergency surgery.
I'm still recovering but I was able to salvage the trip by doing several short easy summit hikes and one via ferrata. I may post reports for Breithorn, Castor, Pollux, Ludwigshoehe, Schilthorn, Tschuggen, and Lauberhorn later this week.
The Mürren-Gimmelwald ferrata runs along the top of the cliffs on the west side of Lauterbrunnen valley. It crosses several gorges as it makes a descending traverse which loses 1000 feet of elevation before reaching Gimmelwald. Highlights include multiple ladders, wire crossings and a suspension bridge.
Joined: 13 Feb 2007 Posts: 3863 | TRs | Pics Location: Stuck in the middle
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:42 pm
Oh man! That is so on my list now. Too bad our family already did a trip in that area when the kids were younger. It's going to be hard to talk my wife into going back without telling letting on about via ferrata being my secret agenda!
It's blasphemy around here to suggest it, but IMO Garfield Mountain would be a great place for a few via ferrata for the adventurous tourist. Heck, Infinite Bliss is already a via ferrata with bolts 50 feet apart! Bring your own cable-rope.
And you nailed the music in the video. Hope everything works out for you re the medical emergency.
Great video in a cool area. I don't recall that via ferrata being there when I was there in 2005, although it could have been and I just didn't hear about it. Looks fun. Guess I'm going to have to figure out a way to go back!
Joined: 21 Oct 2002 Posts: 2012 | TRs | Pics Location: Tukwila International Boulevard
Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:01 pm
Glad to hear that you are feeling better again Mr. Gimpilator. Too bad about the timing of the illness but you're young and the peaks aren't going anywhere.
Cool via ferrata. I wish we had more of those in the US. Not a lot, but a few more.
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