At the time, I thought it was a joke but little did I know that 6 years later I would be able to look down on Grindelwald from ca 12,000feet and feel very proud of myself! See the Eiger and Jungfrau in the distance? Well worth the 4am start and ca 10hours hiking, climbing and at times crawling when the terrain got more than a little steep.
We were very lucky with the September weather again this year which was clear and gorgeous, if icey cold. So we took advantage of it and headed up for a 5 day mountaineering trip. Our first peak was the Weismies in Wallis, one of the Walliser 4000 peaks, so over 12,000feet. A true challenge and at times a battle against very cold, strong wind which seemed to be blowing as if it didn't want me there. I tried not to take it personally but at times was almost convinced that, no, I really didn't think I should be there either! But only once or twice and of course, it's always worth it when you fight the elements and at the end reflect (with a beer held in your thawing hand) on what you accomplished
Next day we headed up to the next 4000er, Allalinhorn above Saas Fee. The day felt like a walk on the beach after the previous, with the much warmer weather and relatively easy route. Bruno, our friend and mountain guide in green calls this a 'Schoggi tour', and you all know what schoggi is right? Maybe his definition of easy is a little different than mine, but I had to agree that this day was really a holiday, but it still required some concentration. Along the way, my boyfriend Marc woke me out of my focusing on one step after the other to ask 'Hey, what's that?' He was being a little bit of a smart aleck but good thing he stopped me or I might have continued walking and missed it!
And, yes, after 5 yrs in Switzerland it was the first time I saw the Matterhorn. I'm glad I waited.
The next 2 days we dedicated to climbing the Wetterhorn and eventually going home to a very long and hot bath. I've got millions of stories and pictures from this week but I wanted to share these especially.
I'l spare you the ones of what my feet looked and felt like at the end!
Grüss from Switzerland!