Kathy and Mark on the West Berner Oberland ski tour • March 21-23, 2011
We have always wanted to explore the ski touring possibilities in the Western Berner Oberland. With 3 days off, and a sunny weather forecast, we thought we would check it out.
The "Little Haute Route" as it is occasionally called, runs from the ski area at Les Diablerets, near Aigle, eastward, over the Wildstrubel and the Wildhorn, and eventually ends in Kandersteg. There are, as usual, many variations, but the most typical itinerary overnights in the high alpine refuges; the Gelten hut, Wildhorn hut, Wildstrubel hut, Lammeren hut and, usually, out from there.
With only 3 days off, we had to accelerate the pace a bit. Also, we wanted to include a traverse of the Wildstrubel, which, on the map at least, looked too "interesting" to miss. Our "revised" itinerary was rather taxing, and for the first 2 days, we staggered into the huts with barely enough time for a beer before dinner. But once the pain subsides, it is always worth it.
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