Bummer. Using excellent weather reports from the hut keepers at Martin Busch, we knew that Day 3 of our Otztal (Austria) ski tour would begin with semi-visibility, but soon devolve to a foehn wind and whiteout. With GPS in hand and guided parties to follow, we knew we could make it to the next hut in our chain, the Similaun. But after that?
One of the things you dread on these trips is having to just sit at a hut all day, or else climb some peak during a full day of one-meter visibility, staring at your GPS like some meth-head watching rerun cartoons for the tenth time.
Similaun is nice hut, however, and the tour burned enough calories to allow enjoyment of the victuals even if the ‘hut hanging’ got a bit old compared to the beautiful alpine touring we’d had yesterday. Our time at Similaun Hutte, in photos:
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.