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Rock Strata

On the margins of the Gorner Glacier there are some extraordinary rock formations. Striped rocks, blue-grey alternating with shades of yellow, rippled and twisted – evidence of the colossal forces at work hundreds of millions of years ago that laid … Continue reading

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Matterhorn Golf

Zermatt has a golf course, strange though that may sound. It is actually 5kms down the valley between Tasch and Randa where the valley floor is very flat. This image is a bird’s-eye view down onto it from the climb … Continue reading

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Lines in the Snow

Surveying the view from 10,700ft up, at the Matterhorn Hut, I looked down on the Furgg Glacier – or what remains of it. Glaciers in the Alps are in retreat, quite dramatically in places, as clear evidence of climate change. … 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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The highest point

Heading towards the highest point reachable by able-bodied ‘hikers’, with a good head for heights, in the Zermatt area. This is the final rock pyramid of the Mettelhorn at 11,180ft. A group of fellow hikers just a few minutes ahead, … 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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Showing the way

Piles of stones – cairns – have acted as waymarks for centuries and wherever I travel in the mountains in barren environments where paths are not easily discernible, cairns of one sort or another mark the way. They become balancing … Continue reading

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