Tag Archives: glaciers

“Stranded” in Zermatt, Switzerland

“13,000 Tourists Stranded in a Swiss Ski Resort for 2 Days” “Tourists airlifted out of Swiss ski resort of Zermatt” These are the headlines we woke up to in Zermatt, Switzerland last week, along with emails and Facebook messages from friends asking if we were okay. We had to laugh… yes, we were ‘stranded’ in a 4-star hotel, eating Swiss fondue, drinking wine, and watching the most epic snowfall we had ever been witness to in such a short period of time. Zermatt is a beautiful village tucked at the end of a box canyon in the Swiss Alps beneath […]

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East to West over the Southern Alps of NZ

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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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The hike of many names, Friday, 30 Aug

Our hike from la Fouly to Champex, Switzerland turned out to be about 5 hikes rolled into one. It started with a pleasant shady stroll down-valley where we watched the mountains and the villages come alive as the sun inched its way up. Then, as we had opted for the more strenuous option for the day up to the Orny glacier and hut, we set off steeply uphill for what we knew would be a 5,000 foot climb. About this time we ran into our new friends (and newlyweds) from Vancouver, whom we had chatted with at both Refugio Bonatti […]

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Selden to Lotschen Pass and above; Aug 21

This proved to be one of our favorite hikes EVER. Among the highlights: A completely cloudless blue sky day with a perfect high temperature of 70 degrees. A 5,000 foot climb in about 4 hours. Close-up encounters with waterfalls; the mist felt so good during the uphill climb. Views down to the darling Steinbock Inn. Views back to the Kanderfirn glacier across the Gasterntal valley. A 15 minute traverse across what we thought was a rock field, but halfway through realized was a glacier with a rock layer on top of it. A climb (and descent) on a narrow ledge […]

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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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