The Haute Route ends with an amazing 6500 foot decent which wraps around the north side of the Matterhorn. How interesting it was to see this stunning monolith from these different angles.
…we Made It!!
Crossing the Alps was an extremely challenging, exhilarating experience!
We skied through expansive, snow blanketed valley’s, in awe of the massive peaks surrounding us.
The rugged hills framed the distant paths we were following, and those we left behind.
On the first day, during a raging snowstorm, we were belayed from France, into Switzerland.
When it became too steep to ski, we carried our skis and climbed.
For six days we toured and climbed this (mostly) sunny, snowy land. Some days were much harder than others.
Everyday, there was the promise of a warm hut at the end of our path to welcome us. Within the hut we found a place to rest, laugh and share food and stories with people from all over the world.
Our exquisite guide, Martin Volken with Pro Guiding Services, led the way and provided support on many different levels.
A native of the beautiful Valais canton of Switzerland (where we were the majority of the time), we somehow found it easy to follow this man, 120 km across these mountains he knows so well.
A Swiss Guide, his pin features the Coat of Arms of the Canton of Valais. Half red and half white, it symbolizes the languages spoken in the Valais, German and French. The stars represent the 13 districts in the canton.
As we entered the Zermatt skiing area, my dear friend had a special celebration waiting!!
Including our favorite Eisbär party hats!