Second time lucky on the Biancograt

Just back from a few days in the Bernina, dodging all the fresh snow in the Western Alps.  Setting off from the Jenatsch Hut early Tuesday morning, the weather unexpectedly began to close in as we headed up to the ridge.  Half an hour above the col I heard a buzzing noise in my helmet – the first sign to beat a hasty retreat, as things might be turning electrical!  Back at the hut, the storm cleared up by mid morning – leaving us to spend the rest of the day drying kit for a rematch the next day.

Dawn from the Biancograt

Second time round things went as planned – we put a fresh trail in up the ridge to magnificent summit views above a cloud sea below, witnessing ‘brocken spectres’ on the final crest.  Things were going so well in fact, that we decided to reach the lift at Diavolezza via a traverse of Piz Palu – thereby linking two classic mountain days into one.  Somewhat knackered, we arrived at Diavolezza after 14hrs on the hill…Dave Murray, I am duly impressed!

The most surreal moment of the day was when we met the pet wolf (yes, it’s a genuine Wolf – but quite a freindly one..) from the Marco e Rosa hut, running down the N Ridge of Piz Palu then chasing after some climbers out on the glacier!

Final towers on the Biancograt