John Gascoyne

Across the Alps

John Gascoyne
Across the Alps

YES – the first highlight coming early as we impressed friends – particularly if we “forgot” to mention the bus bit.

The enthusiasm reduced somewhat, as the closer we got to Oberstdorf, the greyer the skies became and we reached our first hotel just minutes before a thunderstorm.

Rain was then to become a major feature of the first week, but fortunately cloud levels were high and views enjoyed even if only downwards.  Hut drying rooms were seriously tested and proved remarkably effective, so each day we started dry(ish).  All huts were warm and comfortable with superb four course meals, seconds if required, giving a good preparation for facing the weather.  This did not prevent the group consuming large apple strudels with cream at every opportunity!

The rain fell as snow at high levels, giving an added dimension to the walking and extra beauty to the views (when available).  The downside was longer days, with one snow covered pass resulting in a twelve hour day.  Not too enjoyable at the time, but surely destined to become a major highlight and talking point.  Full marks to the Jamtal hut staff who produced a four course meal at ten o’clock.

We did have some good days, the rest day at the Heidelberger was superb and the final days through the spectacular Uina Gorge to Sesvenna and Mals provided a wonderful end to the trek.

And the highlight? How, with a good group and leader, a memorable and exciting holiday can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Now where have my friends gone? I’ve got lots of pictures………….