Albert Heim (1849-1937), was an honourary member of the club, a respected geologist and mountain enthusiast whose idea it was to build a hut at that prominent geographical location.
Sure, Albert Heim is not the oldest hut (Grunhorn hut, built in 1863), nor the highest (Cabane de la Dent Blanche at 3,507 metres).
No, what makes Albert Heim special is its location.
What makes Albert Heim popular is not just its accessibility but that it serves as such an extraordinary starting point," says Rey listing the panoramic Napall Highway and the Lochberglucke--into the scenic Goscheneralp valley--among the possibilities.
Location is not the only thing that is special about the Albert Heim, however.
Rey goes on to tell of a large group of about 40 adolescents underway with a couple of "inexperienced" adult group leaders, who attempted the relatively short stretch from the trailhead at Tiefenbach to the Albert Heim.
When he took over the Albert Heim hut in 1999 he had already been caretaker of the less renowned Bergsee hut in Goscheneralp valley for seven years.
Armin Rey does not know how long he will continue running the Albert Heim hut.
To stay overnight with a half pension at the Albert Heim hut costs SFr 56 and SFr 65 respectively for SAC members and non-members.
The landslide problem plaguing today's researchers is the same one faced by Albert Heim
, the Swiss geologist who traveled to Elm right after the disaster there.
Thanks to Franz Schertenlieb and his colleague Albert Heim
for their efforts in combing the Swiss countryside so thoroughly those many decades ago to find the last of these dogs and bringing then back to their mascot land.