In one weekend LAS Alpine Club students reached the summit of two of Leysin’s spectacular Skyline Peaks. On Saturday came Pic Chaussy, which rises to a beautifully symmetrical point where the sun rises east of Leysin. Pic Chaussy is a “walk-up”, meaning that all you need is a set of walking shoes and the desire to use them. From the summit, we looked back at Leysin and across the valley to the Dents du Midi, where the following weekend many hikers would go. On Sunday we climbed up a “technical” peak, the Diablerets, which required crampons, ice axes, and mountain guides with safety ropes to make sure we didn’t fall into crevasses–the big splits in the ice that form in active glaciers. Not everyone had the endurance to climb two peak back-to-back, but for some of us, this weekend was merely a warm-up to the overnight expeditions coming next week.
Click the image to see photos from Diablerets in 2018: