After ride from Zürich we started 5am from Golzeren (1395m). As a good warm-up we walked up the first 500 verticals. From 1900 onwards we could continue fast with our skis. Couple hours later we were already at bergschrund getting ready to climb the face. With some deep snow it took us two hours to climb. Too bad the storm rolled in and we had to climb the upper face in total white-out with some gusty foehn throwing spin-drift on our faces. The weather was definitely adding some spice to our adventure.
At the cliffs 20 meter below the summit we clicked on the skis started our descent in a white-out. To have some contrast we skied the fall-line through a steepish couloir. That worked well and lower down we could even see something and enjoy nice powdery turns.
About eight hours after our start we were happily back at Golzeren. It was a good push with 9km approach and 1900 verticals. This is just what you wanna do before going to a 1st of May party ;-) Thanks Dani for the great adventure!
|Gross Windgallen with its shady NE-Face ©Christoph Moser (chmoser.ch)|
|Private lift at 5AM...only in Switzerland|
|Dani checking the views down to valley at Golzeren 1395m|
|1.5 hours warm-up hike|
|Windgallen Hütte 2032m with our target on the left|
|Beautiful morning above Windgallen Hütte|
|Dani doing the work above bergschrund|
|Clouds were closing in half way up the face ©Danski|
|Ready to drop in..too bad we couldn't see much..|
|Finding our way through the vertical rock band at the top section|
|Long hike back to Golzeren Bergstation|
|Back to spring!|