Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sunny Verbier winter walks

 Another amazing day of hiking around Verbier before the snow starts to fall! We had views! Sunshine! And frozzen eidelweiss! Including metallurgical mythical birds!
 No snowshoes needed on this hike, just some little rubber crampons to keep us from slipping on the icy snow. Absolutely perfect! Don't forget the sun cream, at this altitude the sun's rays are brutal!
Fly birdy, fly!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wild Walks in Switzerland's Alps!

This week has been all about getting out and walking where there should normally, at this time of year, be too much snow to go there! As a result we have managed to get places where the wildlife has been hanging out and been able to watch them bounce around in the cliffs. Their ease to move around where I can only imagine going with a rope and a parachute is seriously impressive!

There is snow and ice on most trails so you need to take poles and rubber crampons. Yep, those things really old people wear around in the winter so they dont slip. They are my new most favorite thing to take with me - after a picnic of course...!
 Amazingly I managed to get a photo of some forest trolls! Please be careful around them!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Snowshoeing in the Swiss Alps!

First snowshoe to Cabane Brunet!

I have never done this before, normally I ski tour here. I have always been put-off by the descent...

In reality it was not so bad. I heard lots of birds and saw 5 white tails! Amazing, considering the amount of people who pass by in this forest. I guess not many people go off the paths (as you probably will find yourself on a cliff) so the animals are safe.

The begining of the snowshoe with powder snow & larch pine needles was magical. It was beautiful to get into the sun by the hutt. Am so glad I can still do things for the first time!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Walking below Clambin

The sun is so warm these days you can walk in a t-shirt! But dont forget how low in the sky it is. As soon as it sets behind the mountain peaks you need warm clothes!

As the snow is melting there is ice on the paths and it is nice to have good boots and poles to keep from sliding around.

Monday, December 9, 2013

To snowshoe or not to snowshoe...!?

For me it is that time of year when I do not know if I should take snowshoes along or not!
Well we chanced it and walked up without them to the Chutte du Bisse du Levron. It was fabulous, but hopefully the next time there will be too much snow and ice to do it snowshoe-less!

 Magical moss!
 Trolls & boys!
View of the Dents du Midi that I will never tire from admiring!