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Bertol Hut

Photo of the Bertol Hut

Elevation 3,311 m (10,863 ft)
Location Valais, Switzerland
Massif Dent Blanche group
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DMS Coor. 46°0´22"N, 7°31´39"E
Nearby Features
Nothing nearby
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Arolla (Evolène)
Topo. Map SLK 1347: Matterhorn
Approach Difficulty W2
Hut Info
Places 80
Guarded mid Jun. - mid Sep.
Tel. +41 (0)27 283 19 29
Bertol Hut (Switzerland )
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[edit] General information

Bertol (3,311 m(10,863ft)) is an hut of the Neuchâtel Swiss Alpine Club. Located 3311 meters above of Arolla in the Val d' Hérens in Valais, it is on the itinerary of the High Road Chamonix-Zermatt and see passing the Patrouille des Glaciers - the mythical ski race mountaineering Zermatt to Verbier - every two years. The Bertol hut faces the Dent Blanche (4357 meters), the Matterhorn (4477 meters), the Dent d' Herens (4171 meters) to the east, Tete Blanche (3724 meters), the chain of Bouquetins, the Bertol Teeth and edge to the south, the Petit Mont Collon in the Southwest, Pigne Arolla to the west, north to White Staves. The Bertol hut, clinging to its rocky outcrop overlooking the Mount Miné glacier and the Bertol glacier.

[edit] History

The history of Bertol hut is primarily linked to that section of Neuchâtel Swiss Alpine Club (founded 1876). Bertol's history is also closely linked to the one of different guards who have followed up there and all the sheltered climbers.

Gift of Mr. Russ-Suchard, it is exposed to Geneva and then transported and rebuilt on the rock Bertol between 1896 and 1898, finally opened August 7, 1898. In 1917, 1923, 1935, 1949 held various expansions to increase capacity of the cabin and improve conditions of employment of guards.

The Bertol hut was rebuilt and opened the June 27, 1976. In 1986, solar panels are installed as well as a new stove. On August 9, 1998, Section Neuchâtel commemorates the centennial of the Bertol hut on the rock Bertol. Between late May and mid-August 2000, new works take place Bertol.

Joseph Métrailler is the first Bertol's permanent guardian standing in the years 1905-1910. Jean Georges is the second during 42 years and leaves his place to his nephew - Jean Favre - who leaves Bertol after 33 years of caretaking ; his nephew Patrick Maistre is the new guardian but dies September 16, 1996 in a car accident the day of the closing of the cabin. That's the end of the history between the family Georges-Favre from Evolène and Bertol hut after 80 years. Bernadette Praz and Michel Maistre are now guards Bertol. After their departure, several guards took turns at the hut Bertol: Fred Denis, Jolanda Stettler et Thierry Reymond and finally Jean-Luc Blanchard. Since the summer of 2008, Anne-Marie Dolivet took over.

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