Friday, August 28, 2015

Lac Léman Walk

This is such a great spot with the  lake & mountains, all the best Switzerland can offer. You can go into France as well as change cantons and hop from Vaud into Valais. This is also the start of a hike up and over mountain passes to Chamonix.

There is even an outdoor art exhibit

A nice flat walk for a change! 
At the end of the lake, there is a bird sanctuary with wild reeds and dragonflies and flat paths. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Glacier in Verbier

Yesterday was a cloudy day, and I rode the lift up to the top of Mont Fort 3330 meters above sea level. The glacier under the lift shared by Verbier and Nendaz is called the Glacier de Tortin, it is the one you ski on if you come up here in winter.
In the morning I had read an article that says the Mont Blanc Glaciers are going to lose another 8 to 10 meters of volume before winter! So here are the photos of our disapearing glacier, with some alarming new crevasses.
I predict that this glacier will become unskiable in the next 5-10 years.
At the lift station at Col des Gentianes. Looks forbiden!
Nice photo to look at when there is no view. The lift people where a bit upset that the lift is now only going to be open on week-ends. Too bad!
The view appeared for a spiiiit second!
How will this enourmous crevasse be filled so we can ski on it this winter?
Quite beautiful patterns

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wild Passes in Val Ferret

The val Ferret is still a relatively wild place to hike. In this day out we can cross 2 or 3 passes to get a good close view of magnificent glaciers. The passes lead from Switzerland into Italy and one is very popular with the hiker's doing the Tour of Mont Blanc.

Little man, big glacier! Although the glaciers are dissapearing at the alarming rate of 1 meter per year (and it is visible to me in the past 15 years of living in the Alpes) they are still something to ponder and gaze at. 

The Mont Dolent

Walking up to the blue blue sky!

Larch trees and a beautiful balcony walk above the valley are really worth visiting once. There is a place you can spend the night at, or just have a crôute au fromage at just around the corner!! 
St. John's Wort - a sunny happy flower!
I hope I can tempt you to come here with me for a hike once!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tour du Grand Chavalard

This is such a great tour to do. If you are fit it is possible to do in one day.

 If you spend a night in the newly renovated Cabane you can take the time to swim in the Lac Supérieur de Fully! As well as stare at the sunset on the Massif de Chamonix & the sunrise!!

 Just one of many insanely beautiful views on the second day, as we wander above Ovronnaz.