The way ahead looked a bit ominous in the dark but I knew we had to bear left-ish at some point to gain the start of the Hohluabgrat ridge which would lead us all the way to the summit of the Allalinhorn.
Lorna trying not to look tired as we stop for a wee break. A team of four can be seen ahead on the snow slope, centre of the picture.
Me, also just starting to wake up. Despite the dark and gloomy start, and being on top of a sheet of ice, it wasn't all that cold and pretty soon the sun would be up.
Soon we were off the ice and onto the snow slope, zig-zagging our way leftwards towards the central rock band that forms the Hohlaubgrat.
We were getting level with the Mittel-Allalin, the worlds highest revolving resteraunt (apparently) as the piste bashers for the Saas Fee ski area set off to work.
Looking back over our route over the Hohlaub Glacier as the sun rises over the Swiss Alps.
Gradually the slope gets a little steeper as you get higher up the ridge.
The Lagginhorn and Weissmies above the clouds in the distance.
More teams arriving having left from the middle station of the Metro underground railway that goes up to the Mittel-Allalin.
High above the Mittel-Allalin. The middle station has a tunnel that leads out onto the glacier somewhere central at the bottom of the rock ridge, about centre of the picture.
Lorna leading for a while as the summit of the Allalinhorn comes into view.
The final easy snow crest that leads up to the 30m rock band.
Lorna finally getting peace to climb the bolted 30m pitch which also has bits of tat for aid if you find it a little sketchy in crampons, but otherwise it's not too bad.
Looking down to the Mittel-Allalin and Saas Fee.
Lorna finally triumphant at thesummit cross on the Allalinhorn.