Swiss Alps

After a busy few summer months it was great to have two weeks off and to head out on a climbing trip, with a few mates, to the Val Bregaglia area of the Swiss alps. The weather was a bit showery for the first few days so we used the local telepherique and climbed a few routes around the Albigna Dam area. Then the weather came good and we made the most of the heatwave and headed up high and climbed the Cassin Route on the north east face of the Piz Badile. This classic route, one of the six classic north faces of the alps, didn't disappoint and had some brilliant pitches of climbing on it. Once we'd got down from the Piz Badile we had a rest day or two and done some valley cragging. After that we headed to the Grimsel Pass and got a days climbing in, padding up friction slabs, before the weather turned and we headed home. Below are a few pictures from our trip.

Cat & Andy on the North East Ridge, Spazzacaldeira.

Mandy enjoying the initial friction slabs on Via Leni, Spazzacaldeira.

Approach to the Piz Badile

Bivvy on the Piz Badile

Mandy eyeing up the traverse, Cassin Route, Piz Badile

Mandy bridging her way up the exit chimneys, Cassin Route, Piz Badile

Mandy cruising up the second pitch of the Traverse of La Vergine

Mandy cruising up the second pitch of the Traverse of La Vergine

Andy and Cat on the Traverse of La Vergine