La Ruinette 3875 PD, II

Frank and I climbed the Ruinette in perfect conditions. A full moon the evening before lit the Chanrion lakes as if it were broad daylight. The forecasted temperature at 4000 meters was just under 0 degrees, so it was not cold. In fact, the occasional moderate breeze from the East made the temperature perfect for this fine alpine ascent.

Located in the upper Val du Bagnes, La Ruinette is the broad peak visible from the road to Verbier from Le Chable. It’s a deliciously, varied climb of 1300 meters from Chanrion, starting with a nice hike to the Col de Lire Rose. With some delightful scrambling and a few fine moves on nice gneiss, one arrives on the upper snow field. Another couple hundred meters of elevation gets you onto the final summit ridge to the top.

La Ruinette is the perfect peak for someone looking for a fine day out with stunning views and no major obstacles. And so close to home!

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About Hans Solmssen

I am a professional mountain guide living in Verbier, Switzerland. I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii after my father moved to Hawaii to teach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He created a horse program at this high school, located in the middle of the largest, privately owned cattle ranch in the US. Horses were a major part of my life, even playing polo for a few years. I moved to northern Vermont to go to school, and discovered skiing. Little did I know, this would become my life's passion: guiding friends and clients over the mountains around the world on skis and foot. I moved to Verbier, Switzerland in 1982, and entered the Swiss guide's program in '88. I received my UIAGM "pin" 3 years later in 1991. I have two kids, Anya and Kevin.

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