Tag Archives: Matterhorn

Matterhorn North Face

Skiing is the fastest way to move around the mountains, and it can get you to places that would take two or three hours to walk to. This is one of my favourite places in the Zermatt valley – Stafelalp, … Continue reading

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Drama or Picture perfect?

The Matterhorn is the mountain that draws people to Zermatt. That has always been the case and will forever be the case. And every one who comes to Zermatt wants to see the perfect picture – the chocolate box shot, … Continue reading

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One of the great views

The phenomenal weather continues, said by locals to be the best weather this summer. We are so fortunate. Today we strolled to one of our favourite locations – Fluhalp (or as the English often write it – ‘Flualp’. It was … Continue reading

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Matterhorn East Face

The Matterhorn is remarkable in many ways. One in particular is how its shape changes so dramatically with a relatively small change in one’s position. From Zermatt it shows a beautiful symmetry as in the image re-shown below. The traditional … Continue reading

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Guardians

Switzerland is a Catholic country and it is common, wherever you are, to find a Crucifix. High in the mountains they may be placed at the site of a fatality, at lower altitudes they may be fixed to the side … Continue reading

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Smokin’

This is classic Matterhorn. Mist streaming off the edge of the Hornli Ridge with the East Face of the mountain to the left. This is a mountain that changes its mood by the minute if not the hour. Today the … Continue reading

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High in the Sky

Nothing improves the look of a mountain in summer as much as a dusting of freshly fallen snow, as is evident in this image. And a little low lying cloud or mist drifting by adds a little to the mystique. … Continue reading

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Triumph and Tragedy

Today, 14 July 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn – the iconic unmistakable mountain that dominates Zermatt and has made that resort famous across the world and brought it extraordinary wealth. The mid-nineteenth century … Continue reading

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Sundown

Sundown is always a magical time of day, more so in the mountains when in the space of half a minute the light radically changes. I had come down early off the ski slopes on this particular day and caught … Continue reading

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Revealed

Late morning on the second day’s skiing in Zermatt, the cloud cover that had oppressively shrouded the mountains started to thin and a watery sun appeared directly overhead as I reached the top lift station at Hohtalli. Was it going … Continue reading

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