SWITZERLAND 1976 Bernese Oberland+ Zermatt

For this blog, I have selected photos from a time very long ago, when we were just beginning a life together of climbing mountains. We walked a huge circle in the Bernese Oberland that began and ended in Interlaken, and took us through, inter alia, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, Wengen, kleine and grosse Scheidegg, Grindelwald, Gimmelwald and First.

There are also shots of the Zermatt area, a special place for me.
I am rereading my blogs now (2018) to place them in categories so I can put in a navigation bar. This is the first blog that has made me weep – to read of the start of a whole shared lifetime of climbing mountains that has now ended with Bruce’s death. I find it so hard to comprehend that it has finished.

Bernese Oberland
Bruce: Bernese Oberland


Bernese Oberland area

Climbing the Schilthorn

On the way up the Schilthorn
Bruce nearly on the summit of the Schilthorn, having climbed up from the valley in the snow.





Grindelwald area
A little climb before breakfast, near Grindelwald
Alpenglühe Bernese Oberland




Climbing up to the Hörnlihütte on the Matterhorn
From the Hörnlihütte on the Matterhorn. From the toilet, actually. Best toilet view in the world.

Hörnlihütte (more from the best toilet view in the world)

From the Hörnlihütte, on the descent
These photos have been scanned from slides, taken with an old SLR film camera. Stallards camera house in Launceston told me the slides were the equivalent of modern 22 megapixel shots (their clarity on a screen is superb; the texture almost bites you), and then charged me $100 to produce a series of 350 KB images. I’m afraid I haven’t forgiven them. But I still love the images for the Switzerland they reveal, and the memories they invoke.

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