Category Archives: Hiking Europe

The Haute Route

The Haute Route, (or the High Route or Mountaineers’ Route) is the name given to a route (with several variations) undertaken on foot or by ski touring between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland. We are doing (more or less) what is commonly known as the “Verbier Variation”, though we skipped Verbier. Since we had just finished the TMB in Chamonix on Sunday, we took the motorized transportation route to Fionnay on Monday and did just a short hike up to the Cabane Louvie rather than the 12 mile, 4,000 foot hike from Verbier. Slackers, I know 🙁 Okay, Mark wants […]

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Quick Haute Route Update

We have Internet and phone service for the first time in a few days; we were pretty remote on the first couple days of our Haute Route adventure. We are trying to make the 830 bus this morning out of Arolla, so no time for a full update, but so far we have bus/train/bussed from Chamonix to Fionnay, hiked from Fionnay to Cabane Louvie (short but lovely hike), did a YUCKY hike – look in websters, I think the definition of yucky is “the hike from Cabane Louvie to Cabane Prafleuri”, and after a long hike yesterday left the ‘moonscapes’ […]

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Sunday leisure in Chamonix

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La Forclaz to Col de Balme to le Tour, Sun, 1 Sept

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Hotel du Col de la Forclaz

This wasn’t our favorite place to stay, but it was a hopping spot for all sorts of activities, so we sat in the afternoon sun and people watched.

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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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