Category Archives: The Haute Route

Recuping in Zermatt

We spent our last full day in Europe taking care of our deep nutritional needs with bratwurst, pastries, and ice cream.  We also managed to visit the Matterhorn, shrouded in mist, and doing a bit of souvenir shopping.  We were SO thankful that yesterday’s morning weather was amazingly clear, giving Dan and Daniel a remarkable view […]

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Day 14- Lessons Learned on the Trail

Three millimeter industrial strength trash bags keep water out and odor in. In Swiss villages, it is possible to pay 11 CHF for a breakfast of bread and jam. European stores are never opened when you need them. Carrying a pot and stove allows you to create a Starbucks Hot Spot for all your fellow […]

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Day 13- St Niklaus-Zermatt

The last leg of the Walker’s Haute Route was simply an 18 km walk from St Niklaus to Zermatt. . . little ascent (only 400m), no glaciers, no passes, no exposure, and no descent.  Our only complication was that we had to be in Zermatt by 1:00 for Dan and Daniel to rent equipment and […]

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Day 12- Gruben-St Niklaus

Almost every hostel/hotel has one of these amazing relief maps. . . we love tracing our twisted trail across glaciers, peaks, and valleys!  Almost there. . . Today promised to be one of our most difficult days of the entire trip – 16 km of distance, 1400 vertical meters, and 2100 meters of knee-crushing descent (that is 1.3  […]

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Day 11 – Zinal-Gruben

Before starting off the day, we had another breakfast of bread/butter/jam, muesli with yogurt, and hot drinks. . . It is the combined consensus that we will not be eating bread and jam OR muesli of any kind for months once we finish this journey! We were all feeling good, though, and approached our morning […]

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