Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla
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Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla on 09/02/2012 08:16:18 MDT Print View

5 days, approximately 50 km / 31 mi, 4,120 m / 13,515 ft ascent, 3920 m / 12,858 ft descent
Pigne summit
360 degree panorama from the summit of the Pigne d' Arolla (3,796m / 12,454 ft). Photo courtesy of Ryan.

On Saturday, August 25th, 2012 I set out on the Haute Route from Le Tour, France with my friends Jeff and Ryan, intending to walk in to Zermatt the following weekend. Unfortunately, poor weather arrived the evening of the 29th and was forecasted to stay through Sunday and bring almost one meter of new snow to the mountains so we called it quits knowing we could finish the last two stages another time. All five days were incredible and we enjoyed spending five full days in the heart of the incredible Alps alpine backcountry.

Here is a video summary of our trip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0lXPxi8XGw&feature=vmdshb

Our route:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212131560810561970969.0004c8a4ed560aa6a0a26&msa=0

A bit more info with our itinerary and my gearlist is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtuXyJ0VY1C9dEtoZmtIc0g4YXNoWlRVdmNNY1RaOHc

If you are interested in this trip and would like any additional info - planning resources, route conditions, etc. let me know!

Edited by trevor83 on 09/02/2012 08:17:34 MDT.

Yair Mazor
(HarmonicWave) - F
Re: Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla on 09/04/2012 01:47:12 MDT Print View

Great photos and video! It seems you guys had a great time...

Added this route to my wish list.

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla on 09/13/2012 15:09:03 MDT Print View

Thanks Yair! It is definitely a worthwhile trip.

Here are some pictures so you can see some of the views without having to click on the video link:

Glacier du Tour below the Albert Premier Hut
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Col Superior du Tour
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Trient Plateau
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Sunrise from the d'Orny Hut on morning 3
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Sunrise from the Chanrion Hut on morning 4
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Otemma glacier
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Sunrise across the Col du Charmotane
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View from summit of Pigna d' Arolla with Matterhorn in the background up in the clouds
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Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Wow on 09/14/2012 05:22:10 MDT Print View

Awesome pictures, Trevor. Thanks.

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Re: Wow on 09/17/2012 14:22:38 MDT Print View

Thanks, Ike!

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla on 09/18/2012 11:01:16 MDT Print View

Looks like a great trip with good friends!

Stephen Crutchfield
(Crutchy) - F

Locale: KCMO
Re: Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla on 03/05/2013 19:21:02 MST Print View

I am actually planning this route and was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?

Be so grateful if you could message me

Edited by Crutchy on 03/05/2013 19:22:36 MST.

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Summer Haute Route Chamonix (Le Tour) to Arolla on 03/06/2013 14:17:18 MST Print View

Hi Crutchy, happy to help out. It's an awesome route. You don't seem have a PM set up yet to message you. Feel free to post questions here and I can answer or set up a PM in your profile and send a message.

Stephen Crutchfield
(Crutchy) - F

Locale: KCMO
Thanks on 03/07/2013 10:04:37 MST Print View

I sent you a PM, with a contact email..
THANKS!!!!