Psycho Bianco Ridge: Dutch Expedition Academy in Bernina
Mountaineering Noor van der Veen Dutch Expedition Academy

Psycho Bianco Ridge: Dutch Expedition Academy in Bernina

The Bianco Ridge on Piz Bernina (4.048m) is a dream route for many climbers. Just like the photogenic west-east traverse of Piz Palü (3.905m). Even better would be to link up both ridge routes and combine them into one long tour. In spite of a somewhat unstable weather forecast the young Dutch Expedition Academy team gave it a try. It all turned out a little different than expected, but was an unforgettable day.
Dutch Expedition Academy: Coping During COVID-19
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Dutch Expedition Academy: Coping During COVID-19

In self-isolation for over two weeks now, it is strange to remember what I was doing exactly one month ago. Monday morning, 5 A.M. We had just woken up from a cold night in the winter hut of the Refuge d’Alpe de Villar d’Arène in the French Alps. A last cup of tea, a final glance at our map, I quickly stuffed some remaining gear in my pack.