Bergtolhütte SAC to Schönbielhütte SAC, 6hr 40min +700m -1290m 13.0km
Mount Tete Blanche 3710m
What an adventurous start to the day, getting down from the Bertol Hut by the same ladder, but frozen from wind blown fresh snow overnight.
Breakfast at 06:00am felt like lay in, out and down the ladder at 06:30am, traverse the steep snow slopes and over a the ridge to the Galcier du Mont Miné. The weather was not great with about 20m of sight in the clouds and 20-30cm fresh snow all made the Galcier hike a touch trickier. In two roped groups of 3 we headed towards the Tete Blanche which we peaked 3hrs later, the sun tried to shine, but we didn't get the views we were hopping for. Afterwards more adventure laid ahead, with massive crevasses to wind around and then off the Glacier, a bit of abseiling down Couloirs (one with a stream) and then the route back up the other side of the valley to the Schönbielhütte. This its self held some breath taking paths through cliffs and steep grass fields.
With a different view of the Matterhorn from what you see in Zermatt, the sun came out to join us for a well deserved Beer on the terrace, what a great day.
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