It was raining slightly when we started to walk out of Zinal on August 19, but as we started walking down the lovely main street, the sun came out. We climbed steeply out of the town, but soon the grade of the trail became more gentle. For several miles, we traversed the long ridge, high above the valley, following the contour line across the ridge. Through broken clouds, we had great views back to the mountains and glaciers above the high end of the valley, including the Zinalrothorn and Dente Blanche. Coming around points on the ridge, we started to see out to the large Rhone Valley and the Bernese Alps beyond. Finally, we rounded a point and climbed over a rise to our first view of the Weisshorn Hotel standing by itself high on the side of the mountain ridge. True to form, I had beer, fries and a blueberry tart on arrival as a mid-afternoon snack. The hotel was built in the late nineteenth century and had an old feeling to it with nicely worn floors, and we ate dinner in a lovely wood-paneled dining room with views over the Rhone Valley.