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Friday, 13 August 2010

Swiss Alps - Mittaghorn Via Feratta 3144m, 13th August 2010.

With a forecast of Scottish style weather we opted for a shorter easier day and took the Alpin Express gondola to the middle station at Morenia 2550m. From there we took the well marked path over various boulder fields to the start of the Mittaghorn Via Feratta. This is graded Easy-Medium and is a far cry from the Jegihorn we did earlier in the week. In fact most of the route is rough exposed walking on the ridge and we didn't clip on for a lot of the route until the final steeper sections. The fact that we had Scottish conditions though did make the rock quite greasy in places and despite it's low grade, in some parts a slip could still spoil your day!

The route basically follows the ridge all the way to the summit cross which can just be seen through the mist.

It's only near the top that the route becomes a little harder with a few stemples and the occaisional exposed move, but all very easy and well protected. The summit was pretty chilly so we had a quick bite and headed back down the walkers path and another well earned beer in the deserted Plattjen restaurant before taking the lift back down to Saas Fee. Tommorrow we plan to do the Weissmies by the normal route so a fairly early night is in order.

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