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Classic Haute Route Trek

Wednesday, June 20

 Join us for an evening of trekking in the Alps as John Rogers tells of his August 2017 travels of the Classic Haute Route from Chamonix France to Zermatt Switzerland.

Many consider the Haute Route as the ultimate high Alpine walk during summer months or cross-country ski trek in winter. Our adventure traverses the European Alps, between Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, by crossing a series of high cols and impressive glaciers.

The group of five Brits and one American was led by a certified Swiss Mountain Guide, as we hiked 11 days,120km, with more than 10,000 meters of ascent and descent. Along the way we summit the Pigne d`Arola (3,796 meters,  12,454 feet) and the Tete Blanche (3,724 meters, 12,218 feet).

 The trek followed trails well above tree line, climbing up valleys to snowline, scrambling on exposed ridges, snow slope climbing and significant glacier travel with ropes, crampons and ice-axe. On route, the group spent most nights in remote Swiss mountain huts, including the exciting Cabane de Bertol, before walking into the beautiful Swiss village of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.

Lehigh Valley Group

The Lehigh Valley Group is a sub-group of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club which runs activities to bring outdoor enthusiasts from northeastern Pennsylvania together.

The group holds meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM (except December, July, and August) at Illick's Mill, 100 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, Pa 18017

These meetings start with announcements about upcoming hikes, activities, conservation efforts and trail work projects. This is followed by a program on topics such as adventure travel, geology, wildlife, nature photography, etc. Speakers have provided recent programs on a wide range of travel destinations including the Canadian Rockies, the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, India, Machu Picchu, Corsica, and Nepal.

A social hour with refreshments follows the program. Meeting attendance ranges from 30 to 50 people, including longtime AMC members as well as potential members who are interested in learning more about AMC and its activities.

For information on the group and its upcoming meetings, contact Phill Hunsberger at

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