Summary: 170 miles of hiking in the Swiss and Italian Alps. Mostly sunny, pleasant weather.
Includes 108,000 feet of climbing. 
An incredible 3 1/2 weeks with my friends, appreciating all the Alps have to offer. 
Included were regions in Switzerland, Austria, and the Dolomites in n'ern Italy. And as the pictures and videos will show, we had an incredible experience. Couldn't ask for three better hiking partners.
Especially enjoyed the Schynige Platte trek (pics). Thanks to Jim Jaqua for this suggestion.

The following video was created with Picasa (PC or Mac). 
Simply selected the images -> selected an MP3 recording we made from one of the huts -> and Publish/Embed.
Select Full-Screen option (bottom right corner) if desired.

The following links go to the full size Picasa Web Albums.

Kids race in Grindewald under the Eiger. Mountain glow in late afternoon.

__________ Grindewald- kids race under the Eiger.

Note: double-click or select hi-res HD in the bottom right for full screen.

Itinerary   |   narrated
  • July 26: PDX (depart 8:30am) -> Philadelphia -> Zurich (arrive 8:30am July 27th).
  • Region #1: July 27-29 |  Appenzell: hike Wasserauen -> Santis Hut -> Wildhaus (~ 15 miles)
  • Region #2: July 29 - 31 | lower Engadin Valley (Scuol, Swiss National Park)
  • Region #3: July 31 - Aug 3 | upper Engadin (LaPunt and many great hiking options)
  • Region #4: Aug 4- 5 | Reutte, Austria & Hohenschwangau, Germany (time out for castles)
  • Region #5: Aug 5 - 8 | The Dolomites, Val Gardena (Selva), Italy
  • Region #6: Aug 9-10 | Interlachen/Brienz, Switzerland. Outdoor museum (Ballenberg)
  • Region #7: Aug 10 - 12 | Grindewald (across from the Eiger). Spectacular hikes (map) in the area.
  • Region #8:Aug 13 - 15 | Murren -> Sifinafurgga Pass to Griesalp | Griesalp -> Hohturli Pass to Kandersteg
  • Region #9: Aug 16 - 17 | Glarus (far end of Klontalersee). Hike/climb Vorder Glarnisch. 
  • Aug 18: Hike up to Glarnisch Hutte. Return, shower, and drive to Zurich.
  • Aug 19: travel to Zurich: Depart Zurich (10:25am) -> Philadelphia -> PDX. Arrive 8:50pm.

Back in 2003 I had the opportunity to make my initial hiking and light-climbing trip to the Alps. Over a 5-week time frame my local hiking partner (Dwayne) and I were able to scope out the Alps in Austria, SW Germany, and Switzerland. Along the way we met a local hiker, Frank Mazer, who shared some of his favorite hikes and trekked with us for several days.

Although Frank and I didn't reconnect on our 2007 trip, we've stayed in touch (email and Skype) and reconnected for a 2009 trip. This year (2011) will be a special trip with my local friends Steve Smith, Lee Fields and Frank Lulich. We'll combine the most memorable hikes of previous trips, plus throw in some new ones that look intriguing.

Technology: I'm taking my iPhone and a tiny 8.9" netbook (wireless with webcam). It worked terrific last time, so why change something if it ain't broke? I'll be working offline to manage all photos, videos and daily logs, then periodically seek out an Internet cafe and quickly synchronize to this website. I'll also be using Skype to chat with my wife.h my wife, son and family.

Don't forget that Switzerland is 9 hours ahead --- so by end of an incredible day in the Alps you'll just be waking up!
Subpages (1): Narrated Itinerary