Tag Archives: Valais Alps

Base Camp Matterhorn

Next year – 2015 – is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Zermatt is already publicizing this special anniversary, and the preparations include a grand re-opening of a refurbished Hörnli Hut that is situated at the … Continue reading

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The Way Up and Down

Throwing caution to the wind we went as high as possible today (to Mittel Allalin) on the one and only fully dry day so far. Clouds still obscured some of the many summits but it was worth the trip and … Continue reading

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A Change for the Better

I had no aspirations or plans for today. So I was rather discombobulated to look out of the window at 7.30am and see blue sky. A mild sense of panic set in. I had to do something – there were … Continue reading

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A Little Mystery

Go anywhere in the mountains and look at the postcards for sale. In most instances you will see images on perfect days – blue sky days. These are what I call chocolate box images. You will find them in calendars … Continue reading

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Mountain of Mystery

I can’t resist posting another image from Zermatt. 2 days ago I posted an image of a five-mile section of ‘The Frontier Ridge’. Click here to read that Post and understand the context of today’s Post. Turn clockwise through nearly … Continue reading

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Ski Fever

Our Autumn Colours have yet to arrive here in the UK, but just now my mind has skipped Autumn and I’m already looking forward to Winter. Winter means Skiing and the ski trip is now booked. We’re headed back to … Continue reading

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Beach

Calm turquoise water, silver sand, a few rocks. Where in the world is this? Answer: 7,000ft up in the Swiss Alps at the southern end of the Saas Valley. This is the Mattmark Reservoir. The colour of the water reminds … Continue reading

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Descending

Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all fourteen of the world’s eight thousand metre peaks wrote: ‘Getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory’. Anyone who climbs knows how easy it is to reach a summit and … Continue reading

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The Frontier Ridge

Since Winter shows few signs of lessening its grip, I’ve opted to return to a wintry scene for today’s post. So today we are back on the ski slopes high above Zermatt with a couple of B&W images of what … Continue reading

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Follow the leader

Today’s two images were taken on the same day as the image in Wild Camping. Many of the images that I have taken in the Alps (which will be familiar to regular viewers of this blog) might be best ascribed … Continue reading

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