We will be meeting at a small town near Mt Rosa called “Zermantt” I have found that the cheapest way to reach Mt Rosa is by flying to Zurich (a flight from Berlin to Zurich costs 50 EUR) and then taking the train to Zermatt, which costs about 70EUR with the Swiss train service SBB. A normal train ticket is not that much more expensive though and environmentally friendlier. Ofcourse, it is up to you whether you want to travel over Thursday night or already leave for Zermatt on Wednesday. I personally sugget the latter. In case something happens. I am hoping for us to start the hike Thursday morning.
We will meet in front of the Zermatt trainstation where the two roads “Bahnhofplatz” and “Getwingstrasse” intersect on Thursday morning (April 10th). Here is a google map page of the location: http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&hl=de&geocode=&q=zermatt&sll=51.124213,10.546875&sspn=12.203179,29.882813&ie=UTF8&ll=46.023847,7.749063&spn=0.003293,0.007296&t=h&z=17
We could then visit a café or something for breakfast. I will present to everyone the route I personally suggest we take to Mt Rosa. There are a number of possible trails to follow all of which leave from the town Zermatt. Which ever route we choose, it will take 2 or 3 days to hike into the mountains to reach Mt Rosa’s glacier where we will leave a tribute to Evola.
I suggest looking up “Zermant” on google maps to get a sense of its location in relation to other major city centres.
If you have a cellphone and want to take it with (which might be a good idea; perhaps you will miss a train and don’t want to be left behind), check your provider to see what you need to do to have reception in Swizerland.
According to wetter.de the current temperature in Zermatt ist -1*C. Although we will only be hiking in April, the Mt Rosa glacier does lie about 1000m above Zermatt, so a warm jacket as well as comfortable water resistent shoes are key. If it starts snowing you don’t want to get wet feet. I wont pretend that I have a lot of experience hiking in mountains. I don’t. I am also not taking any responsibility in case something goes wrong but the valleys near the mountains we will be walking through are relatively well populated. People hike these trails all the time. Otherwise you will need a sleeping bag and the general hiking outfit. There are huts on the trail which might be free (I am still looking into this) but we should have enough tents to accommodate everyone who attends. Either way, the Alps are amazing and this should be a great oppurtunity to get outside as well as meet some interesting people.
Good general info on Zermatt:http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g188098-Zermatt_Valais_Swiss_Alps-Vacations.html
A list of hostels; “Hotel Bahnhof” looks like the most affordable and conveniently located near the train station. http://www.hostelz.com/hostels/Switzerland/Valais/Zermatt
I suggest you google map “Zermatt” to get a sense of where what is. It’s a really small town:http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&hl=de&geocode=&q=zermatt&sll=51.124213,10.546875&sspn=12.203179,29.882813&ie=UTF8&ll=46.023847,7.749063&spn=0.003293,0.007296&t=h&z=17