The Swiss Alps in 30 photographs

Mid August, and 3 of us jumped in a van and drove to the Swiss Alps.  First time moving together on a glacier, first time at 4,000ms, first time (for me at any rate) dealing with rope on a climb.  Lots of firsts, for everyone.  Logistics were seamlessly executed by Phil Turner, and our climbs confidently led by Todd Zonderman.  I went along and took some photos.

day 1: aclimatisation above Grimentz

day 2: walking into the Moiry Hut

Todd gets amongst it for the first time

Todd, meet Glacier

Todd and Phil take a moment before gearing up

Todd on first crevasse rescue drill

The Glacier sleeps at 1am

day 3: Phil and Todd arrive at the Col de la Pigne de Le at dawn

gearing up for the ridge ahead

summit second breakfast with a view

mountaineers head for the Grand Cornier

People in their place

Our route for the next day

Phil on crevasse rescue drill mk2

fragile and mobile

view from the Moiry Hut

day 4: walk in under moon

Todd around 50ms under the summit of Pte de Mourti

Mary gives Phil's harness the once over on the summit

we take in the view and descend gently

Obergabelhorn peeks out from the next valley

ridge line ascent and a very watery midday Glacier

there's a reason for 5am breakfasts, and this is it

day 5: on fire at dawn, the Matterhorn, from the cable car to Breithorn

2 climbers walk across the snow to begin the Breithorn ascent

possibly the easiest 4,000m peak in the alps, but a good choice for first timers, which means big groups


descending in the cable car
two happy men on the summit (Phil isn't really that little)


Staying at the Moiry Hut (in total luxury, it has to be said) reminded me how great all refuges are, and how important that principle is.  So, the offer here is any print at A3 for £50, with 20% to the MBA.