Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Back from our Chamonix Zermatt trek on the Walkers' Haute Route across the Swiss Ailps

9 Days. 12 passes. 100 miles or so. 34,000 vertical feet. We had a great time and found new friends and fine food all along this incredible trail from Chamonix to Zermatt. A detailed trip and gear performance report in a few. In the meantime some pictures.
At the start at the Col de Balme near Chamonix

Some nasty boulder fields on this trek. Follow the white and red blazes

Grande Dixence dam seen from its lake. 935 feet high. 200,000,000 cubic feet of concrete!
Getting ready to tackle the Col de Reitmatten

Some fine trail work coming into the Zermatt Valley. Not all trails were this buff!
Les Hauderes- Every valley has different style chalets. Les Hauderes featured the "skyscraper" style.

Dominique above les Hauderes. 

At the finish in Zermatt

A link to our Picasa album with pictures of the trip here

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