Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Danube River cont

Indepth religious and political discussions with my new Israeli friends, Ori and Oren, certainly made the hours fly by.

The Danube river cycling cont

Private concert with a soon to be master violinist, Anastassia from the Ukraine.

Passau to Vienna cont

Castles and Cathedrals

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Passau to Vienna: Day 1

My ride: luxury vehicle
fully loaded with a big,
not so comfy seat, a kickstand,
a bell and all my worldly

The Danube and one of the
many castles noted along the


Zurich was

all about


So fun getting trashed by the Swiss!

Zermatt: The Matterhorn

From my hostel window

Gruben to St. Nikklaus cont

Gruben to St. Nikklaus

Surprise meeting with old friend John at the

New friends Rob and Emily from LA

Zinal to Gruben

Time to say goodbye

Last hiking day with Bruce and Sarah

A day at Chandolin

A drowsy village, but charming if for nothing but its name.

Shandalin goes to Chandolin: Check out that poncho, it even covers my backpack!

Grimentz: The cutest Swiss village

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 5: Mont Fort to Prafleurie

On the way to Prafleurie 14 kms, Height gained 885 m, Height loss 740 m.

Ibex (french word is Bouquetin)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 3: Arpette to Le Chable (Sept 12/10)

13 kms: Height loss 749 mm Height gained 104 m. I stilled had my 19kg pack at this point. At La Chable, I was able to ship 6.5 kgs to Zermatt.

Lac du Champex

Day 2 continued

I really don't know how to use this blog site...does anyone know how to rearrange pictures on the page? Everytime I upload an image, I can't seem to arrange it on the page...any suggestions?
Fenetre d'Arpette (the window to Arpette) After a tiring scramble over big bolders and shale rock, I finally arrived and it was definitely worth the exertion. I still had to go down the other side and I checked into the first hotel I came to. I thought I had arrived in Champex, but was actually still 30 minutes away in Arpette.

Fenetre d'Arpette

Day 2 Col de Balme to Champex

The day started with sunshine and blue skies! I was all smiles as I headed out with my 19 kg pack for a grueling day in the alps.

The Haute Hike: Charmonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 1: Charmonix to Col de Balme