Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
This is a flexible day as, according to party fitness, you choose to either include the Brunegghorn summit at 3833m, or just go to the col below it, the Bruneggjoch, 3364m.
It is a big day if you include the summit, as there is more height gain to the Tracuit Hut.
Alternatively you can go straight from one hut to the next, with much less effort, to save yourself for the biggest summit of the week, the following day.
From the hut follow SSE to various possible ways to access the glacier above, ask the hut keeper for advice on the best route to take in current conditions.
All involve short steep sections that will be probably be done on crampons.
Above here follow the glacier upwards to the SE, until about 3040m.
From here it is possible to head straight to the Tracuit Hut by descending down to 2800m to the W before a final glacial ascent SE to the hut.
For the Brunegghorn continue gently up the glacier to the S, then at about 3400m more steeply to the SE and E, to allow you to ascend S to the ridge leading NE to the summit at 3833m.
Reverse your line of ascent then follow the alternate route described above to the Tracuit Hut at 3256m.