THE ULTIMATE HUT TO HUT JOURNEY
Day 6 started with a departure at 6:30am, this was one of the longest days for all of us - with 3 Col's to climb - the Col de L'Eveque, the very steep Col du Mont Brulé, and the mentally draining Col du Valpelline. The ski run down besides the Matterhorn was amazing, but the final ascent up the Moraine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moraine) to the hut was tiring to say the least as rocks slid down the hill towards us (the joke of the day was that it was the Chamois pushing them down on us).
The departure from the Cabane des Vignettes was not exactly pleasant as everyone in the hut was leaving at the same time - probably 120 people, and the sketchy icy path out of the hut potentially leading to a 500 Meter fall off a cliff! Most people on this trek would go all the way to Zermatt (which I had done back in '85), but we chose an alternate approach to stop at an uncrowded Cabane Schöbielhütte, right next to the Matterhorn, and then arrive early in Zermatt on our last day with no rushing necessary!
Climbing stats – 13.66 miles (22 km) , 11 hrs 14 minutes, 4196 ft (1279 M) ascent, 5696 ft (1736 M) descent