Tag Archives: huts

Hiking the Milford Track

Touted as ‘the finest walk in the world‘ by poet Blanche Baughan in the London Spectator in 1908, the Milford Track is also the most famous of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The Maori frequently traveled this route during journeys to Milford Sound to collect pounamu (greenstone, or nephrite jade). In 1888 a track was cut up the Arthur Valley to Sutherland Falls (New Zealand’s highest waterfall). While obviously not as wide as Niagara Falls, it is over 10 times taller at 580 meters (versus 53 meters). Today approximately 14,000 people walk the Milford track each year making it one of the […]

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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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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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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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