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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.

    Keep the passion burning.

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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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