Ascent of Alphubel on 1952-08-26

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Guide Josef Biner
Date:Tuesday, August 26, 1952
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:13799 ft / 4205 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yesterday Josef Biner and I hiked (3.5 hrs)from Sunegga ( chairlift from Zermatt) to the Taesch Hut via Tufteren and Taeschalp. We left the hut at 3:20AM, heading for the Allalinpass and a fairly easy, mostly snow ascent of the Allalinhorn. During a short summit stop (8:00A-8:15A)we could see numerous climbers ascending from the Langefluh (2870m)above the Saas valley. Next we descended to the Feejoch (3826m), trekked over the Feekopf to the Alphubeljoch (3846m), finally topping out on the Alphubel at 11:15AM after a fairly tiring climb. However, it was an easy return down the Wand (?) glacier to the Taesch Hut (1:15AM) and Taesch, where we caught the 4:00PM train back to Zermatt.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4937 ft / 1504 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9045 ft / 2756 m
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4937 ft / 1504 m
    Route:via Allalinpass
    Start Trailhead:Taesch Hut  8862 ft / 2701 m
    Time:4 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9045 ft / 2756 m
    Route:via Alphubel
    End Trailhead:Taesch  4754 ft / 1449 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes

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