5 days, approximately 50 km / 31 mi, 4,120 m / 13,515 ft ascent, 3920 m / 12,858 ft descent
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:
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!