Hohsaas

Today we dropped down to Saas Grund and took the Cable Car up the opposite side of the Saas valley, first to Kreuzboden, and then on up to Hohsaas at just over 3100M.

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The view from Kreuzboden. Saas Fee centre frame. Allalinhorn, Alphubel and the Mischabel mountains form the backdrop

The view from Kreuzboden. Saas Fee centre frame. Allalinhorn, Alphubel and the Mischabel mountains form the backdrop

From Kreuzboden you look back across the valley to Saas Fee on its shelf.

A more complete view from near Kreuzboden, but still only part of the total panorama

A more complete view from near Kreuzboden, but still only part of the total panorama

The panoramic views from here are spectacular and are the best in the area.  You see the huge range of peaks that are the backdrop to Saas Fee in a new light.

The Weissmies. Note the signage at left: this is the high point of winter skiing in this area

The Weissmies. Note the signage at left: this is the high point of winter skiing in this area

Up at Hohsaas it is the turn of the Weissmies to dominate the landscape close-up. This is yet another 4000M Alpine peak.

Climbers on the summit slopes of the Weissmies

Climbers on the summit slopes of the Weissmies

Through a telephoto lens you can pick out and observe the climbers in their long descent off the summit slopes,

Down and left from the previous image - the descent steepens

Down and left from the previous image – the descent steepens

and then on down through steeper terrain threading their way around crevasses and below serac cliffs.

If you are ever lucky enough to visit the beautiful Saas valley then make sure you put this day trip on your list of must-do excursions.

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Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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18 Responses to Hohsaas

  1. Chillbrook says:

    Wonderful shots of an amazing place Andy.

  2. Gracie says:

    Wow! the view is spectacular. Beautiful photos!

  3. Teepee12 says:

    Teepees have become very popular all over the world. See http://www.tipi.com/photogallery.html. They have a great gallery. There are teepees everywhere. Even on top of the roofs of tall buildings! Great pictures 🙂

  4. Helen Cherry says:

    wonderful viewing these in the current heatwave we are having..

  5. Wow, that first one is stunning. Wonderful shots!

  6. ehpem says:

    Well I never! Tipis in the Alps! And “totem poles” too. A very interesting example of the romanticization of Plains cultures (and apparently coastal cultures too).
    Were I to travel all the way from western Canada to the Alps I think I would prefer to see a reconstruction of the kind of place that Ötzi and his people might have stayed.
    But it does not really matter, the mountains are what it is all about, and they reduce all human constructions to insignificance.

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