(Last Updated On: April 16, 2019)
In Part 1, we covered our days in Ischgl, the Heidelberger Hut, and then on to the Jamtal Hut. On the third morning, we got up and enjoyed a great breakfast and then bid the comfortable Jamtal Hut goodbye.
From the Jamtal Hut, we headed south and up the valley, eventually traveling on the Jamtalferner Glacier. Frank and Conan skinning down low in the valley.
And a little further up….
It was hard not to admire hosts of ski lines along the way.
Me skinning with the vast valley behind.
Eventually, we set our sites on one line near the top of the valley on a peak called Gamsspitze (3107 m). So, we began our climb up the couloir. Frank.
After the couloir, the terrain flattened on a large bench that sat beneath the summit.
Since the upper reaches of the summit did not have enough snow to ski, we ditched our packs to finish the climb. Frank nearing the summit, with me behind.
It was…. exposed….
Conan snapped a photo of us on the summit of Gamsspitze.
The views from the summit were stunning.
Wait, what? Does that go? Not so much…. You’d need some rope….
After admiring the lines that surrounded us, we headed back down to our skis.
Alright, on to the skiing! I dropped in first, on the skiers left couloir, just lookers left of the summit. The snow was variable, but mostly pretty good.
Conan dropped in to the next one over to our right.
Frank cut the middle, between our two lines….
I enjoyed the nice creamy turns in the apron.
After skiing Gamsspitze, we had to decide whether to descend the glacier a bit in order to reascend on the other side, which would allow us to go over a pass called Tiroler Scharte, the traditional way to Weisbadener Hut, which was our destination for the evening. Or we could go via another route involving 3 passes, which may or may not work. We decided for adventure.
We headed up toward our first pass, Jamjoch, admiring the views Gamsspitze along the way. We skied the lines to the lookers left of the summit.
Another glimpse of Switzerland.
Jamjoch was a breeze. But then there was a 2nd unnamed (at least on our map) pass that presented the crux of our route. The snow had been blasted by the wind and was not really skiable. But the incredibly loose rock and slick ice made it difficult to downclimb. Thankfully, Conan had a a bit of rope with him, just long enough for a rappel to reach decent snow. So, we rappelled.
From there, we skied down a bit and skinned up to our third pass, Obere Ochsencharte.
Looking back at our rappel route, the obvious gray low point on the right.
From the pass, we descended the Vermuntgletcher (Glacier) and valley toward Weisbadener Hut.
See the hut in the distance?
Close up of the old hut….
On our third night of our hut tour, we finally arrived early enough to enjoy some beer in the warm sun 🙂
And while we enjoyed our drinks, we planned our tour for the next day 🙂
Our route for the day!
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On day 3 of our Silvretta Alps tour, we crossed scenic glaciated terrain from Jamtalhutte to Weisbadenerhutte, catching a ski of Gamsspitze along the way!
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