THE ULTIMATE HUT TO HUT JOURNEY
Day 5 starts early - up at 4:30am, and leave at 5:30 for the ascent on the Pigne D'arolla. We had some illness in the group the day before (altitude sickness and perhaps some Asthma), and were worried about a possible need for evacuation, but we pulled it all together, and we were ready to go for this big day! It was headlamps on, and snowing when we started, and we were definitely the first group up and out the door!
Climbing stats – 6.33 miles (10.2 km) , 11 hrs 56 minutes, 3080 ft (939 M) ascent, 2271 ft (692 M) descent
There is a little side story that happened just around the time the picture above was taken. Visibility was horrible, you couldn't see landmarks, etc.... Our guides stopped, checked their topo maps, altimeter and compass. I offered them a peak at my GAIA app that had topo and a GPS location on it, but they said "no we're ok". Another guide from Chamonix leading another group who had been here the week before passed us and veered to the right. I'm sure there might have been some second guessing from our guides, but they were confident and continued on. We were the first group to hit the Serpentine, when who do you think pulled up behind us about 40 minutes after we last saw them - the group from Chamonix! Our guides were very modest about this, saying it could happen to anyone, but we couldn't help but snicker at how the Tortoise (definitely our group), beat the hare - at least to the Serpentine!