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    Swiss Spam - Sept 2012

    This year's trip started out with rain in Aegeri visiting some old friends





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    Then off to Bern and Grindelwald

    Up to Kleine Scheidegg then down the Lauberhorn then up the gondola and down to Winteregg




















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    Of course there is always tourist things to do that are fun and lots of good food at restaurants with stunning views





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    Spectacular pixels. Must be incredible. I'd have a hard time focusing on the trail with jaw dropping vistas like that around every corner. Great stuff!

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    I got a stiffy, nice work

    Next weekendI have 3 days mtbing in Davos , hopefully the weather holds out as its already snowed up there twice I believe
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    skis, bikes, i guess there is never a bad itime to be in the high alps... nice pics! so fuggin jealous.

    only ever been during the winter myself but that needs to change sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmg71 View Post
    I got a stiffy, nice work

    Next weekendI have 3 days mtbing in Davos , hopefully the weather holds out as its already snowed up there twice I believe
    it'll melt quick. Jakobshorn to Sertig looks prime right now as does the trails off the Parsenns

    Aegeri video

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    Grindelwald - Jungfrau area

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    it'll melt quick. Jakobshorn to Sertig looks prime right now as does the trails off the Parsenns
    another issue for me is, the Thursday after I fly to Australia for a holiday, the missus is starting to freak out that I'll hurt myself
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    Some riding from Wallis in the Aletschareana. We used Fiesch as a base and rode the Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Fiesch and Bellwald-Egga areas.

    First some rides around pretty Swiss villages and off the Bettmerhorn and some spectacular trails off a 1200m descent off Marjele to Fiesch





















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    Great pics,
    what's the ratio hike a bike to riding like over there, how much double track / road is involved to get to the highlights in your pics ?

    Are gonzo downhilling skills required for the down bits

    Just asking ask European trails tend to be a bit different to trails in the USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinger-uk View Post
    Great pics,
    what's the ratio hike a bike to riding like over there, how much double track / road is involved to get to the highlights in your pics ?

    Are gonzo downhilling skills required for the down bits

    Just asking ask European trails tend to be a bit different to trails in the USA

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    We pick trails that would be intermediate in Canada but are considered black level in Europe. They would be considered black in the US.

    We're picking areas that are considered to be "technical" in Europe which makes it interesting for us. We're omitting trails and areas that are "marathon" which we understand to mean smooth, low technical trails. Just to give more colour we consider most US trail networks to be easier than Canadian trails and comparable to the Euro trails we are visiting - ie easier. Exceptions exist for some US areas (eg Fruita, parts of Moab and AZ)

    Last trip we were riding lots of gondola and Post bus to get a lot of altitude so we could max out time in alpine. This year we are doing more riding up but still lots of assist

    We picked trails that were mostly singletrack so our ratio is 80 singletrack 20 road/doubletrack.

    No gonzo downhill skills necessary but very good slow speed technical skills and trials type bikehandling is necessary for some (but not all trails). One trail we rode which Sharon and I would say is approx 80% rideable (Roti Chumme to Marjalesee) is approx 50% rideable by "intermediate" Swiss riders according to our guide for that day. Again; just giving context. Will post photos and video of that later

    In general the alpine sections tend to be easier then the lower alpine treeline sections are tougher as they get more foot and cow traffic. This is particularly true in Graubunden and Sued Tirol for example.

    See PB story for 6 parter on Switzerland from last year if that helps - more photos and video there.
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    Thanks for the pictures, Lee. They bring back many (Eighties) memories of Grindelwald.

    Despite so many people who make claims to the contrary, there is no Switzerland of Colorado, no Switzerland of Montana, no Switzerland of... any place else. There is only Switzerland.

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    I could never ride there... I'd be stopping every 2 minutes to shoot a photograph! Amazing!
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    Wow. Is that what mountain bike heaven looks like?
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    I call BS!

    That's ridiculous! Must be photo-shopped. No one can ride in such beautiful surroundings without just falling off their bike in awe and wonder.

    Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmg71 View Post
    another issue for me is, the Thursday after I fly to Australia for a holiday, the missus is starting to freak out that I'll hurt myself
    Just tell her that the Australian trail bunnies are just as good as the Swiss trail bunnies at administering massage and making the hurt go away. Should ease her mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natzx7 View Post
    Wow. Is that what mountain bike heaven looks like?
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    On another day in the Aletsch area we just stayed to viewscapes with technical trails along the Aletsch glacier then finished off with a downhill back down to Fiesch













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    Nice picture of Eiger. I've spent a lot of time in Swissland on my roadie.

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    I want to go there!
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    Wow, I mean WOW!
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    Amazing shots Lee and Sharon. I've been following your antics on Facebook too. You both epitomize Passion. I miss riding with you guys every year somewhere different.

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    Jeizinen in the Sonnenberg part of Wallis is one of the sunniest parts of Switzerland, It's a departure from the more mass market tourism of Zermatt and a nice segue from Fiesch and the AletschArena area. The area's west of Visp/Brig (the two major towns in the central part of Wallis) and is anchored by small towns and villages like Leukerbad/Leuk in the west part and Gampel/Steg and Jeizinen in the east part. We did a ride sometimes called the Torrent alp traverse (after the Torrent gondola which accesses the Rinderhutte hut at about 2300m)

    The ride traverses the mountains then drops to Gampel at about 600m









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    Amazing photos. The views look stunning. Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    We pick trails that would be intermediate in Canada but are considered black level in Europe. They would be considered black in the US.

    We're picking areas that are considered to be "technical" in Europe which makes it interesting for us. We're omitting trails and areas that are "marathon" which we understand to mean smooth, low technical trails. Just to give more colour we consider most US trail networks to be easier than Canadian trails and comparable to the Euro trails we are visiting - ie easier. Exceptions exist for some US areas (eg Fruita, parts of Moab and AZ)

    Last trip we were riding lots of gondola and Post bus to get a lot of altitude so we could max out time in alpine. This year we are doing more riding up but still lots of assist

    We picked trails that were mostly singletrack so our ratio is 80 singletrack 20 road/doubletrack.

    No gonzo downhill skills necessary but very good slow speed technical skills and trials type bikehandling is necessary for some (but not all trails). One trail we rode which Sharon and I would say is approx 80% rideable (Roti Chumme to Marjalesee) is approx 50% rideable by "intermediate" Swiss riders according to our guide for that day. Again; just giving context. Will post photos and video of that later

    In general the alpine sections tend to be easier then the lower alpine treeline sections are tougher as they get more foot and cow traffic. This is particularly true in Graubunden and Sued Tirol for example.

    See PB story for 6 parter on Switzerland from last year if that helps - more photos and video there.
    So, where are all the pictures of tech sections?All I see is just smooth trails, maybe I have a filter installed or something

    Cool pics btw.Switzerland has some really nice riding (you could say that for all the Alps to be honest).The trails there tend to be less technical than the Alpine average in my experience though.I'm talking of above treeline trails.There are exceptions that rule though

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post

    Looks like fun.

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    When you get to your destination, you just rent some bikes and hire a guide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by problematiks View Post
    So, where are all the pictures of tech sections?All I see is just smooth trails, maybe I have a filter installed or something

    Cool pics btw.Switzerland has some really nice riding (you could say that for all the Alps to be honest).The trails there tend to be less technical than the Alpine average in my experience though.I'm talking of above treeline trails.There are exceptions that rule though

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    Its for a tourism story so I was mainly focusing on taking pics of the baby butt smooth trails with awesome views which is what people think of for Alps riding. The tech stuff is below treeline and say, sharp wanderweg switchbacks with lots of smooth rounded rocks or steep steps or steep fall-line wild trails. Interesting to ride but pretty normal pictures so those picst almost always go into the garbage file,

    I'll wokr on the Aletsch video - the Roti Chumme to marjalensee section is nice tech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    When you get to your destination, you just rent some bikes and hire a guide?
    Guides were hired for us by the Tourism offices. Bikes were from Norco Switzerland. If we were multiple days we just asked for a guide for one day and we would go over the maps - then figure out routes the next few days. The Swiss maps are pretty awesome. So are Italian and austria maps
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Guides were hired for us by the Tourism offices. Bikes were from Norco Switzerland. If we were multiple days we just asked for a guide for one day and we would go over the maps - then figure out routes the next few days. The Swiss maps are pretty awesome. So are Italian and austria maps

    Thanks. The passion forum is a good place for this. My wife and I just got back, 2 days ago, from a hiking trip in the Jungfrau region (stayed in Grund, near Grindelwald) and in Zermatt. I'm 60, and though I'm not at liberty to discuss my wife's age (!), she started mountain biking 2 years ago (we live in Utah) and loves it. While we were there, we saw some pretty easy trails leading down. I think the next time we go out, I'll get a couple of bikes and we'll hit the easier trails. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    I get goosebumps looking at your pictures. Summer 2014 is going to be my time to see what you have posted. Thank you so much for sharing. It fits the Passion section perfectly.

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    The Aletsch Arena (Fiesch, Riederalp, Bettmeralp) was so wonderful and the footage so dramatic I had to chop it up into separate videos. Now I'll have to figure out the unenviable task of putting one video together out of all this panorama

    Aletsch - charming Swiss villages tour
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/50274560" width="720" height="405" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p>This tour of enchanting Swiss villages between the towns of Fiesch to Morel can be bypassed by riding road (or taking the train) 10kms from Fiesch SW to Morel. But what would the fun be in that? <br /> <br /> This ride is mostly downhill and was the warmup for the rest of the day playing in the alpine</p>

    Sub-alpine to full alpine via Riederalp and Märjelesee

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/50304410" width="720" height="405" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p>This portion of our ride in the Aletsch area is very gondola-based with a myriad of possibilities. We took the RIederalp gondola then traversed over to Bettmersee and then down to the Bettmeralp gondola and up to the Bettmerhorn.<br /> <br /> We then rode down the Bettmerhorn traversing over to the Fiescheralp ski area and to the Eggishorn gondola base. via trails and ski access road. An ascending traverse on the Herrenweg then takes us via a road and tunnel to the M&auml;rjalensee to the first views of the Grosser Aletschglacier. <br /> <br /> Other options are to ride from Bettmerhorn to Roti Chumme then the M&auml;rjalensee direct via a descending traverse over technical singletrack with some stupendous views.<br /> <br /> Options down from M&auml;rjalensee are also varied but both times we did the fantastic Fiesch- Fieschertal singletrack 1200m descent</p>

    A filler ride on the Bellwald Egga trails

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/50352342" width="720" height="405" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p>A Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn (railway); gondola assisted trip from Fiesch takes you to the Bellwald downhill bike supported trails. It&#039;s a surprisingly good DH track that&#039;s not fall-line and punched like many of the Swiss tracks we&#039;ve seen in the late season. But DH bikes are nice for it as the track is best ridden at full speed and mid travel &amp; semislicks doesn&#039;t quite cut it. <br /> <br /> From then on we took some road/singletrack sections from Egga down to Fieschertal then to Fiesch. A nice mellow ramble for a short day it goes through several typically Swiss charming villages. Perhaps not something I would recommend as a must-do but a nice way to get away from crowds on a Sunday</p>

    The Fiesch- Fieschertal 1200m downhill

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/50336807" width="720" height="405" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p>A 1200m descent in 8km that unlike most other Swiss downhills stays good all the way to the valley. We liked it so much we did it twice. Lots more options off the M&auml;rjelesee area but this one is a must-do</p>

    and last but not least the crowning glory of Swiss rides - Tour of the grand Aletsch Glacier

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/50351894" width="720" height="405" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p>From Fiesch we took the Eggishorn gondola then rode over to the Bettmerhorn. We then rode from Rotichumme and then to the Marjelesee on one of the most unearthly beautiful trails I&#039;ve ever had the privilege of riding with the views of the Aletsch Glacier ever present. I felt extraordinarily grateful to be on this planet that day<br /> <br /> Finished with the fantastic Fiesch - Fieschertal descent</p>
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    Jeizinen in the dry belt of Switzerland

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    Superb. Looks like a great trip! TFPU

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