The Mountain Hut


Clouds descend on the windows
Fogged up by merriment
From Bridge-playing tables
And bolognaise pasta steaming
Until the hikers make for bed
Up creaking stairs beside strangers
Cosseted and boxed for the night.
Lights out dead on time
As twenty-two ten spells silence
Until dawn breaks through the sky-light
Rousing the sleepers to mountain trails
Beyond glass cleared of condensation
Under the rays of the morning
Energising ascent.
Bernese Oberland,

September 2010

Photograph of Rotstock Hütte by courtesy André du Plessis

Click here to view photos of the hike up Sefinenfurgge the day after the night in the Rotstock Hütte


Panoramic view by courtesy: David Taylor