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Team “Los Incognitos” rides out the rain

Team Los Incognitos spent the day in the HohSaas Hut riding out the rain and wind as a weather event moved through. It’s a very nice hut, so even though we would have preferred climbable weather we can complain, the cappuccinos were yummy and the food excellent (pork and pasta for dinner).

We did get out and scout the approach to the route that we are planning to climb tomorrow (the Normal Route on the Lagginhorn) so that was time well spent.

Oh, and we celebrated team member Amy Duff’s birthday – she claims that she’s 61 but seems more like 51, seems she might be a decade off.

I’ll attach a photo of the hut and a photo of Amy right after she blew out her birthday candle.

Paul Koubek

Team “Los Incognitos” climbs the Riffelhorn

Making the most out of a rainy day, team “Los Incognitos” climbed the Riffelhorn today. The Riffelhorn sits at 2930m above Zermatt, Switzerland and is accessed off of Rotenboden stop of the Gornergrat cog railway.

We started the day with a smooth transition by van from Chamonix and because of this efficiency we’re able to still climb before rain arrived at 14.00

Here‘s a photo of team member Amy Duff having fun on the summit.

Team “Los Incognitos” climbs the Riffelhorn

Making the most out of a rainy day, team “Los Incognitos” climbed the Riffelhorn today. The Riffelhorn sits at 2930m above Zermatt, Switzerland and is accessed off of Rotenboden stop of the Gornergrat cog railway.

We started the day with a smooth transition by van from Chamonix and because of this efficiency we’re able to still climb before rain arrived at 14.00

Here‘s a photo of team member Amy Duff having fun on the summit.

Team “Los Incognitos” back in Chamonix

After two excellent nights in the Torino hut, team “Los Incognitos” return to Chamonix via Italy and the Ming Blanc tunnel. We spent the day climbing on the classic multi-pitch route “Hotel California” on the Brevent side of the Chamonix Valley.

Evening was spent enjoying local music (there is a jazz festival in Chamonix this week) and avoiding rain showers which gave a welcome break from the heat.

Here’s a photo that illustrates the balcony view from out hotel in Chamonix…

Paul Koubek

Team “Los Incognitos” climbs the Entreves Traverse

Team “Los Incognitos” continues climbing – today we climbed the “Entreves Traverse” and all team members made great time – we beat guidebook time by about an hour an a half – so that was good. The route was crowded, European style.

At the end of the day, team member Amy Duff commented “I think I really like Alpine Climbing” – welcome to the club Amy…

Here’s a photo of Lead Guide Mike Arnold guiding the route – if you zoom in you will get a sense of how many people were on the route…

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our second Matterhorn trip. The reason we returned to the Alps with AAI was because we think so highly of Jonathon Spitzer, Lee Lazzara and the rest of the team. We know Jonathon works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the trips are executed flawlessly. We want to make sure he knows that his attention to detail doesn’t go unnoticed.

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