First Smell of Winter in September

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A cold front reached the Alps on the weekend, covering the high peaks with snow.

First Snow in the Dolomites

First Snow in the Dolomites

Most snow is now gone with the sky clearing up, but still making a good contrast to the green down below. Things will definitely change in a few weeks…

Happy Covering 🙂

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Göscheneralp and Bergseehütte

The ‘Göscheneralp’ is a beautiful valley in the central part of Switzerland with an embankment dam building an artificial lake. The valley hosts several beautiful hikes and climbing routes. The area is the home of several SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) huts, including the Bergseehütte which is the topic of this hike.

Bergseehütte

Bergseehütte

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Hiking around the Fallenflue

With a heat wave rolling over Europe, a hike these days needs some careful planning. With outside temperatures in the 36-39°C range, I prefer something inside a forest. And for this, the hike around the Fallenflue was perfect.

Fallenflue Chänzeli

Fallenflue Chänzeli

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Weissdorn/Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

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I like the Crataegus or ‘Hawthorn’. The small white flowers of the white variant are not really spectacular alone, but together they build a beautiful ensemble:

Weissdorn

Weissdorn (click to enlarge)

The Hawthorn provides food and shelter for many birds. And according to legends, they are associated with fairies.

Happy Flowering 🙂

Dandelion, Snow and Mythen

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The long Easter Weekend has its benefits, beside of preparing lecture material and writing up geeky technology articles :-). I love that view with meadows sprinkled with all the Dandelion, and the snow-covered mountains in the back. Back on the left the peaks of the Mythen.

Mythen Panorama

Talkessel Schwyz (click to enlarge)

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Hiking the Poppenkanzel

Oh, the mountains! Getting up, free your mind and have a wonderful view! So here is another hike with stunning views we enjoyed this summer: from the Karer Pass up to the Poppenkanzel on the Latemar. Including sitting in a movie theatre 🙂

View from the Latemar

View from the Latemar

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Hiking around Waldisee and Salisee

The heat wave in Switzerland is still going on, and the best way to escape it is to go up to the mountains and higher lakes. This hike is going up to the Waldisee: a lake high at the end of the Bisistal, Canton Schwyz, Switzerland.

Waldisee

Waldisee

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Four-Lake-Hike: Engelberg – Melchsee-Frutt

Switzerland has many lakes, the “4-Lake Hike” in the Jochpass region is probably one of the most beautiful hikes in the central part of Switzerland: beautiful flora, stunning mountain and lake views in the mighty Mt. Titlis area.

Trüebsee

Trüebsee

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Hiking the Grossbodenkreuz and around the Glattalpsee

It is summer time in Switzerland, and the best time of the year to hike in the Alps and mountains. This time I’ll share with you our journey around the Glattalpsee (Lake Glattalp). Expect stunning views of Swiss mountains, flora, fauna and curious critters:

Kühe auf Glattalp

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Klöntalersee

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The Klöntalersee is a lake in the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland. The lake has a size of about 3.3 km² and has been created by a prehistoric rock slide after the last ice age. From 1908 on it is used as a reservoir for electricity production. The picture below is from the Schwammhöhe looking down to the lake.

Klöntalsee from Schwammhöhe

Klöntalsee from Schwammhöhe

Happy Klöntaling 🙂