Category Archives: Hiking Europe

September Showers lead to…. Les Trois Vallees

After 4 weeks of almost continuous sunshine in the Alps, this weekend brought thunderstorms to the Val d’Anniviers and the Turtman valley, our from/to points. The Forcletta pass we were to cross is high and steep, and freezing temps were forecast. Hmmm… what to do… our last two days of hiking… Our new good friends, Margaret and Ron, served as our inspiration for skipping out. They had already made alternate plans for train ride to Domodossola, IT and on to Zermatt. That, combined with the fact that we had just finalized our Vail Epic passes a few days earlier, gave […]

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Moiry reservoir to Col de Sorebois to Grimentz to Zimal

Leaving Moiry Hut, approaching Moiry reservoir Our contribution to the height of the mountain Love the water color in this resevoir Moiry dam Love popping over the pass to see what is on the other side Down to Zinal in the very end of the impressive Val d’Anniviers That’s a lotta ski runs… we hope to be back Looking downvalley in d’Anniviers Ski town of Grimentz Quaint village of Zinal Zinal The olden days in Zinal View from our balcony in Hotel le Besso

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Moiry hut

The Cabane de Moiry is an old traditional hut resting at 9200 feet with a spacious, warm, contemporary add-on highlighted by two full walls of floor-to-ceiling windows looking directly onto the Moiry Glacier… the most dramatic hut setting we have visited yet, and the facilities, service and food were just fantastic (not to mention the 4-person room we had all to ourselves). We had great dinner conversation with a young couple originally from California but teaching in Prague and South Korea the past several years, as well as our new friends Margaret and Ron from just outside Boston. The glacier […]

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cabane Prafleuri to Arolla… ahhhh…

We hightailed it out of Prafleuri early and were treated to a lovely morning hike along the Dixence reservoir (after climbing up to Col des Roux). This milky-green lake is part of an amazing hydro project capturing water from 35 glaciers across the Valais region (including from below the Matterhorn), all pumped underground to this reservoir, where the large drop in elevation is used to generate electricity. A nice long climb up the Pas du Chat was rewarded with the incredible Mont Blanc de Cheilon with a graceful glacier curving down from its pyramidal peak. This is a very popular […]

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One man’s yuck is another man’s treasure

I noted in my brief Haute Route update a few days ago that we did a ‘Yucky’ hike on Tuesday from cabane Louvie to cabane Prafleuri, but more than one person who did this hike has since told me they really liked it. So while I won’t profess to have liked it, I will concede that it was very unique and that many people may find it interesting. This is one of the most remote stages of the tour, with a trail that is consistently rugged, rocky, high and often exposed. The Grand Desert, once a famous glacier crossing, but […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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