Getting out of the city this weekend for sure,,, for how long or how high is a different story.

View from midpoint on the route up the north face, climbers visible on the snow ridge. Mmmmm blue skies.

View from midpoint on the route up the north face, climbers visible on the snow ridge. Mmmmm blue skies.

We have been experiencing some extremely wonky weather over here in north-western Switzerland. Like three weeks ago it was 37°C, and this morning when I woke up it was 6°C. Actually. Celsius. July… anyway. We have also been having really unstable, and really rotten weekends.

We have had our eye on a nice mountain, Clariden, as a ‘warm up’ for the season mountain, because we have barely even gotten to go hiking this summer yet, it has been actually that bad. Clariden is in Glarus, it is 3,200ish meters high, and is a solidly mixed route in the PD PD+ range with a nice hike approach, some steep ice, some light rock climbing, some exposure, all in all a great way to kick off the season.

Two weekends ago, the forecast was for thunder and lightening. Out. It turned out it didn’t arrive until around 4pm, but still. No go. Can we make it during the week on one of the good weather days? Nope, too far, too little time, too much science.

Last weekend the forecast hovered around somewhere between ‘meh’ and ‘well hey that doesn’t suck too much’, but somehow we also ended up deciding it wasn’t worth it. Well, what do you know, the weather swung all the way from ‘meh’ to ‘effing hell are you kidding me not a cloud in the whole sky’.

So this weekend the forecast is hovering between ‘meh’ and ‘ugh that is balls’, but we are hoping it at least swings more towards ‘meh’. 3cm of snow isn’t THAT much right? We are renting a car tomorrow, and heading out way, way, way before the crack of dawn. Hopefully we find the trail, and have an adventure. A summit would be spectacular, but well, ‘ugh that is balls’ weather doesn’t always lend to a summit. Here, enjoy the shot from someone who enjoyed some ‘sweet baby jesus this day cannot be better’ weather.

Vorgipfel, aka front false summit, and the second real summit being the rockier one with no snow. Totally snagged, give all credit to the link which opens when you click!

Vorgipfel, aka front false summit, and the second real summit being the rockier one with no snow. Totally snagged, give all credit to the link which opens when you click!

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About adventuresunplugged

The world is a really cool place. I moved to Zurich almost three years ago to start my PhD, and have really enjoyed the different opportunites living close to the Swiss alps offered. This blog is about some of my adventures, climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, traveling... life in general! Wow, haven't updated this bad boy in some time! While the above is still true I have gone on to finish the PhD, so that is Dr Unplugged to you. I also have landed a job in Switzerland and will be shortly moving to Geneva. Clearly I have some adventures ahead left to explore with you guys along for company!
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