Thursday, August 26, 2010

CherriesWalks goes for a 4* flight!

What an exceptional day! Off in a helicopter for just under an hour to view the Swiss Alps - oh and all the rest of them too as there was not a cloud in the sky! Wowwwy!
Took off from Sion with Jean-Daniel (Heli Alps). He took us into the valley of Herens and grazed the arrête of the Veisivi before taking us up the Glacier du Mont Miné and above the tops of the Tête Blanche, Dent d'Hérens, and the Matterhorn which had 2 people on the top (as well as 80 other avid climbers coming up the ridge!!) Then we did a few 360s to show off and plunged into the seracs of the Glacier de Moiry (literally!) The lac de Moiry was stunning. And poof! Back at home base! AMAZING!

Now this was the most unusual view of the Matterhorn for me! Can anyone guess which glacier this is?

Finished it all off with a 4* picnic in the delightful forest above the Bisse in Savièse. Lots of mushrooms for the trolls to hide in here. Vive les mariés!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CherriesWalks t-shirts

Now the fun begins!

These t-shirts are in Verbier on top of the Pierre Avoir, but are going to go live in Australia!

All you lucky t-shirt owners need to send me a foto of you in fun, exotic, happy places wearing it! And if you don't have one yet, get one of the few I still have!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rogneux en été!

The way up!

You know how when something is close to home you just have that feeling that you will always get around to doing it 'one of these days', but it just never seems to happen?!? The day finally came to walk up the Rogneux at 3084 meters after gazing at it every day for the last 11 years! Youpiiiie! The view was simply awesome and the walk was relatively easy and short (just 2 hours), as long as you drive up to the Ecuries de Mille. The amazing thing is the vegetation, little flowers all the way up to the tipppy-top of the summit!
View off towards the Mont Blanc Massif!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ligurian Sea

Ahhh, it was beautiful. Oh and sunny, phew! As it seemed to have rained non-stop the whole time we were away from the Valais!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ligure Biking - Monte Beigua

There was the top of the world in this part of the world, Monte Beigua at 1287 meters...what a hellaciously long uphill to get to it!!! The downhill started off as an epic 'to be done again' ride, untill we ended up in the washed out single track, full of unstable rocks, branches and leaves! Yikes! Ended up pushing the bikes for about 40% of it! But it was beautiful and fun and probably not the last 8 hour expedition I go on!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ligure Bouldering

What a magical forest of chestnut trees we discovered on one of those windy twisty tiny overgrown with weeds Italian roads in the middle of nowhere! Amazing discovery only 4 hours from home & just a half hour up from the coast of Genova. Fresh pools of crystal clear mountain water to jump into to cool off in as well, ahhhh! Of course a gellato was in order and a dip in the Med after the day in the forest. What fun it was to hang out with the Italians on their beach.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Butterflies everywhere!

The blue & red butterfly is a zygène, a highly toxic bug which is why it has the bright 'keep away' colors that it does. The one on the right is a male demi-deuil, the females are more yellowish. The valais has many micro-climates that accomodate some spectacular butterflies.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cabane Rambert

What a way to start off the Swiss National Day! Sunrise at the Cabane Rambert at 6:30 a.m. We walked back down to Ovronnaz taking a route that took us through a rocky path where the ibex (bouquetin) were butting horns. It was absolutely spectacular. We then hooked up to the ancient Bisse de Pathier (a water way from the 15th century to bring water to the dry fields). The sun shone high and strong, but we managed to pic-nic in the shade of an old larch with a view onto the Combins and their glistening white glaciers. Really a wonderful day!