Mittelruck (P.di Loranco) 3363m

For the last two days of the four days Brian and I had mountaineering together (as part of a Martin Moran Mountaineering week), we visited the Almageller Hutte which is located above Saas Almagell (near Saas Grund).

We walked in on Tuesday (the bad weather day) to put us in place for the ascent of one of the many excellent peaks in this area. During the day and the night around 30 centimetres of snow fell at hut level (2894m) resulting in challenging conditions on Wednesday. However, we still completed the ascent of the Mittelruck (3363m) which is accessed from the Sonnigpass.

At this time of year, the ridge from the Sonnigpass would normally be a rock scramble. At the moment however, it is a long mixed ridge. The climbing is still very good in this condition but extra time should be allowed by parties aiming to complete the route.

Brian near the summit of Mittelruck.

Brian near the summit of Mittelruck.

Mittelruck and the Sonnighorn with Sonnigpass in between.

Mittelruck and the Sonnighorn with Sonnigpass in between.