Today was a day of big changes: From the comforts of civilization at the Hotel Suisse (too much food and plenty of good Swiss fendant wine) to tundra and snowfields.
In between there was a steep abandoned trail through lush forests, bushwhacking through flowering knee-high rhododendrons, alpine meadows and rocky ridges. It wasn't exactly easy. We felt the heaviness of our packs filled with mountaineering gear while scrambling up steep and terribly loose ridges and steep snowfields, too. We were planning to go my usual 12 hours, but after 11 we found a suitable spot (after a bit of stone rearranging) and it's Cam's first day. We've already gained 2000 vertical meters, and the snow should be much firmer and easier to walk on in the morning, we've declared it camp time!