Alps Trip 2015
The 2015 Alps summer trip will be to Saas Fee, Switzerland.
Saas Fee has something for everyone. Technical rock climbing, exciting snow routes, via Ferrata and sport climbing in the valleys.
Be part of the planning discussions by visiting our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1020669997946383/
or by emailing the ULGMC President
We are staying at Camping Mischabel (http://www.campingmischabel.com/frameset.php?taal=en). You can book pitches by emailing through their website. Please mention either my name (Heather) or ULGMC if you'd like a pitch near ours (no guarantees). The site is 16CHF each per night, plus 4.50CHF per tent, plus 4.50CHF per car. This INCLUDES the local tourist tax that enables travel for free on most of the lifts, buses and trains in the area.
Travel: It is possible to drive, train it or fly to Saas Fee. All cost around the same it seems (around £200), though if you are under 26, trains in Europe are often discounted so could be cheaper. We will update this page with travel plans so that people can try to travel together.
Flights: London>>Geneva>>Visp>>Saas Fee
(as of 02/06/2015) around £100 from London airports. However, to get to Visp is then approx. £80 return on the train (http://shop.acprail.com/#/ptp/point__to_point_tickets/) as are transfer buses. A postal bus to Saas Fee is then around £12 each way.
Driving: Prices a bit more vague and PER CAR: Ferry (as of June 2015) £100, tolls £100, fuel roughly £200
Trains: London>>Paris>>Geneva>>Visp>>Saas Fee
(as of May 2015) Eurostar to Paris, TGV to Lausanne/Geneva local train to Visp, then post bus to Saas. Travelling on 11/8 and coming back on 23/8 is about £225 return (apart from the postbus which looks like it is 17CHF (£12) each way).
Kit: Usual mountaineering kit. If planning to do via ferrata, you will need a via ferrata kit (http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Rock-Climbing-Equipment/Via-Ferrata) plus gloves to protect your hands from frayed wires and, of course, a helmet.
Don't forget insurance. If getting BMC insurance, make sure you get a policy that covers the activities you plan to do (e.g. mountaineering). Another option is to join the Austrian Alpine Club, which includes mountain rescue insurance (as of June 2015). If you do this, you should also buy regular travel insurance to cover kit etc.
Confirmed attendees and travel plans as of 02/06/2015:
Heather, Stephan, Rob and Francis driving, leaving the UK on the 10th, leaving Saas on the 22nd or 23rd.
Mike H joining us there via a train from London, dates roughly 10th-23rd.
Mark and Tom joining us around the 2nd week.