Recipe for a congenial late-season ascent of the Gross Spannort
Set out from the Swiss Alpine Club's Kroenten hut before dawn ....
... be well on your way to the col before the sun comes up ...
... so that you get your first view of the mountain at sunrise.
On the way across the glacier ....
... to the start of the first pitch.
Like Everest, the Spannort has three rock steps ...
... but it's customary to climb without oxygen masks.
Encountering the Roeti Dolomite on the way to Engelberg
Stopping for refreshment at the SAC Spannort hut
Prayer flags give a Himalayan ambience without the bother of actually going there
We overtook an elderly couple coming back from the hut - bless thee, ancient chronicles.