SaturdayWe started the trip in Binn and went towards Mässeralp. At Manibode, we took out a probe to measure the snow depth. It was between 1.5 and 2 metres, just about enough for a snow cave. We left our stuff there and started skinning up towards Grosses Schinhorn. Almost immediately, I felt out of power and Vašek and Kubo were too far ahead. I decided to turn back.
|Breithorn and Bietschhorn|
It turned out to be a good decision. Since it was getting late and we had a snow cave to dig, Kubo and Vašek didn’t reach Grosses Schinhorn anyway and the good snow ended exactly at my turning point.
Back at Manibode, we found a spot with 2 meters of snow where we didn’t need to dig out an entrance corridor, because the wind did it for us. When planning the trip, we estimated 2 hours to dig the snow cave and that’s about how long it took. Next time I’ll bring a snow saw though.
|Vašek working on the roof|
|Me standing at the entrace of our cave|
|We marked the top of the snow cave with skis to avoid accidental destruction|
The cave had 3G internet, despite being in 2000-meter altitude in the middle of nowhere under 1.5 meters of snow. I have no idea how that's possible.
The views towards Aletschhorn (4193 m) from the cave were stunning.
|Aletschhorn before sunset|
|Aletschhorn after sunset|
|Aletschhorn in the morning|
SundayEven with an open entrance, the cave was around 0 degrees Celsius throughout the night. We could have made it warmer, but as Kubo explained to me, you want to err on the freezing side, otherwise you end up very wet from the melting snow and less comfortable than in a freezing but dry cave.
|A 5-star hotel at 2000 meters with 3G internet|
Our plan for the day was to climb Schwarzhorn (3108 m). When we reached the saddle below Fleschhorn, we saw the last part involved too much climbing and as it was getting late, we changed the plans to go to peak 3112m instead. Just like the day before, I felt out of power and too slow, so I stayed below the summit. We had a bus to catch and too little time.
Kubo and Vašek successfully reached the top and had some great views.
|Pizzo Cervandone on the right|
|Vašek at peak 3112 m pointing at Bietschhorn|
The downhill ride offered steep skiing in great snow with a spectacular scenery created by fog and the Sun.
We reached the snow cave for the last time, packed things and continued to Binn to catch the bus.