The Morgenhorn, past and future climbs

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Dewi and I climbed the Morgenhorn in the Bernese Oberland yesterday. It is a pretty straightforward ascent, but turned out to be one of those climbs that bring everything together, in lots of ways. It had been quite a while since I’d been to Kandersteg, and despite the 1200m of ascent I enjoyed the walk up to the Bluemlisalp Hut. The breathtaking limestone scenery is in stark contrast to both the Mont Blanc massif and the Valais Alps. The summit day, involved a rather knarly glacier crossing on account of poor snow cover lower down and a warm night. Dewi gained a huge amount of confidence in his alpine climbing from the day spent on the glacier and snow slopes, and was rewarded with the best view he’d ever seen from a mountain summit. Over the 2 days I had the chance to look at several climbs I’d done in the past: we had great views of the Galletgrat on the Doldenhorn, the Frundenhorn, the North Face of the Bluemlisalphorn , the North Ridge of the Bietschhorn and also the Aletschhorn and Wiener Route on the North Face of the Fletschhorn in the distance. Of course we could also admire some of the major peaks of the Bernese Oberland that we visit more often like the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. And of special interest to me was the view down to the Kanderfirn, the Tschingelhorn and the Lauterbrunnen Breithorn, because this is to be the venue for a new adventure coming up in September!

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