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  • 12th DAY'S TREK

    Gasenried (5,442') - Europaweg - Europahutte (7,283')

  • Warren leaving Gasenried

    Mike and Gabi behind.

  • Bruce waiting expectantly to get up on the Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Mattertal Valley

  • Gasenried

  • Gasenried

  • Low clouds in Gasenried

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Low clouds around Gasenried

  • Gasenried Church, Ried Glacier

  • Brunegghorn (11,778')

  • Leaving Gasenried

  • Gasenried

  • Low clouds over the Mattertal Valley

  • Clouds over the Mattertal Valley

    Gasenried below. Larch tree forest in the foreground.

  • 5 hours to the Europahutte

  • Above Gasenried

  • Weisshorn hidden in the clouds

  • Europahutte - 4 Hour Trek

  • Weisshorn (14,783')

  • Weisshorn

  • Warren & Bruce close to St. Bernards

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • St. Bernard's Statue

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • St. Bernard

    The Patron saint of Trekkers

  • Which way?

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Dave at St. Bernards

  • Warren at St. Bernard

    The unofficial start of the Europaweg

  • Above the Mattertal

    Schwarzhorn (10,501') in the distance

  • Above the Mattertal Valley

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Mountain Goats

  • Mountain Goat

    Weisshorn above the clouds.

  • The Europaweg (Europe Trail)

    The Europaweg is a high altitude trail above the Mattertal Valley (the valley leading up to Zermatt) that was built in 1999. It has been said the trail should never had been built as it is full of rock fall, exposure, and trail closures. A loose step could be a 1,000' fall. The trail closure (two places) involves detours to the valley floor and back up. We hiked the trail to the Europahutte, descended to the valley at Randa, then hiked up the valley floor to Zermatt.

  • Europaweg Trail

  • Bruce & Dave taking a break

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Warren - Europaweg

    Checking out the view

  • Fixed Ropes - Europaweg

    Warren in the distance

  • Dave & Warren above the Mattertal Valley

  • Bruce on the Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Dave & Warren - Europaweg

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Bruce on the Europaweg

    The sign on the trail said move quickly through this area due to rockfall. The only problem is that it was uphill at close to 8,000 feet over a scree strewn trail. Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Dave climbing the Europaweg boulders

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Mostly trail markers, not much trail

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Bruce - Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Warren

    Europaweg, with fixed ropes

  • Dave negotiating through the mist

  • Bruce & Dave - Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Dave & Bruce - Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • 2+ hours to the Europahutte

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Warren at lunch break

  • Europaweg Trail

  • Dave & Bruce - Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Dave & Bruce - Europaweg

    photo by Warren Elliott

  • Bruce negotiating the boulders

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Europaweg

    Dave on the trail

  • Warren on the trail

  • Europaweg and the Weisshorn

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Need a little help here

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Warren - Europaweg

  • Dave - Europaweg

    Negotiating the Bridge

  • Dave & Warren - Europaweg

    Now that's a cool bridge

  • Warren

    Mattertal below, Weisshorn above

  • Dave & Bruce - Europaweg

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Dave - Europaweg

  • Warren enjoying the view

  • Trail?

    Follow the white/red/white markers

  • Warren on the Europaweg

    Checking out the expanse

  • Europahutte trail

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Warren - Europaweg

    Breithorn Occidentale (13,644') on the far left, Klein Matterhorn (12,739) to the immediate right.

  • Warren - Europaweg

  • Mattertal Valley

  • Dave - Europaweg and Mattertal Valley

  • Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Warren - Europaweg Bridge

  • Dave & Bruce

    Exposure on the Europaweg. Photo by Warren Elliott

  • The trail to the Europahutte

    Down to tree-line and the Europahutte. Photo by Warren Elliott

  • 75 meter Suspension Bridge

    This bridge is secure, but has a lot of movement - the bridge fits the character of the trail.

  • Europaweg Suspension Bridge

    Warren with a look back, but no hesitation

  • Bruce & Warren on the Suspensation Bridge

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Dave & Bruce on the swinging bridge

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Europaweg Suspension Bridge

    Dave looking good

  • Hiking in the Alps

    Warren taking it all in

  • The Europahutte is around a few bends at treeline. Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Europaweg and Mattertal Valley

    Breithorn Occidentale (13,644') on the left, Klein Matterhorn (12,739') to the immediate right.

  • Breithorn

  • Europahutte Ahead

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Europahutte

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Europahutte (7,283')

    Located above Randa at tree-line

  • Europahutte

    Relaxing in the hutte

  • Europahutte

  • 230 meter suspension bridge

    closed due to rock fall

  • Relaxing at the Europahutte

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Weisshorn & Bishorn

    With a setting sun

  • Ibex

  • Ibex

  • Ibex

  • Weisshorn (14,783') on left, Bishorn (13,566') on right at sunset

  • Sunset on the Breithorn

  • Weisshorn, Bishorn, Brungghorn Sunset

    Zinalrothorn (13,848') on the left in the distance and Pointe Sud de Moming (13,001') the smaller peak to the right of that.

  • Sunset across the Mattertal

  • 13th DAY'S TREK

    Europahutte (7,283') - Randa (4,721') - Tasch (4,694') - Zermatt (5,268') which is around the corner of the valley in the distance.

  • Bridge above Randa

  • Bruce foreground, Brian (Canadian) & Warren Above Randa

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Randa

  • Randa (4,721')

  • Randa

  • Entering Randa

    Warren & Dave

  • Bruce, Warren, & Brian in Randa

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Garden Flower in Randa

  • Garden Flower in Randa

  • Leaving Randa

  • Leaving Randa, Tasch (4,717') next.

    Breithorn (13,661') on the left, Klein Matterhorn (12,739') is the shorter pointed peak in the center, Theodulhorn (11,381') and Furgghorn (11,322'), further right.

  • Zermatt is next

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • First sighting of the Matterhorn & Zermatt

    Over 117 miles hiked, 11 Passes (Cols) crossed, and 77,000 feet of elevation change (up & down) from Chamonix to Zermatt. Looking a little tired, but well done mates.

  • Zermatt (5,268') & the Matterhorn

    The peak on the far left edge is the Klein Matterhorn, the peak on the far right before the Matterhorn is the Furgghorn.

  • Hotel City Garni

  • Hotel View

  • Upper Matterhorn (14,692')

    From left to right: Furgengrat Ridge, East Face, Hornli Ridge, North Face, Zmutt Ridge. The first ascent went up the Hornli or NE Ridge.

  • Zermatt & Matterhorn

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Zermatt Village

  • Zermatt Village

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Alpenhorn

    He has an original Alpine instrument, hers is Peruvian. A delight to watch and listen to.

  • Matterhorn

  • Local Goat Shepherds

    On the 150th anniversary (2015) of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, Zermatt has reenactment activities - Shepherds and their goat herds walking through the city streets, is one of those reenactments. Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Goat herd in Zermatt

  • Gornergrat Cog Railway

  • Gornergrat Cog Railway

    The Cogs are visible here. Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Vispa River

  • Matterhorn

  • Haute Route Trailmates - 2015

    From left to right: Gergana, Jorik, Dave, Michael, Gabi, Brian, Andreas, Warren, Bruce. A delight to share the trail with all of you.

  • Matterhorn

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Later Afternoon - Zermatt

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Matterhorn Sunset (14,692')

    Sunlight on the North Face

  • 1st Ascent Route - 1865

    On the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn (2015), the ascent route (NE Ridge) is lit up at night.

  • Matterhorn Sunrise

  • Dave filling up

    Photo by Warren Elliott

  • Goat herd

  • Warren & Dave

    Morning walk to the Schwarzsee Gondola Station.

  • Warren & Dave

    Morning walk to the Schwarzsee Gondola Station. The Dom (14,694') behind and overhead.

  • Schwarzsee Gondola

    Ascending above Zermatt. The mountain background includes left to right: Stecknadelhorn, Nadelhorn , Lenzspitz, Dom, and Taschhorn.

  • Above Zermatt

    Liskamm on the left and in clouds, Pollux & Castor on the right

  • Warren & Dave

    At Schwarzsee; Snow capped Dent Blanche (14,278') in the background. Ober Gabelhorn (13,329') directly behind.

  • A snow capped Weisshorn on the left, The Dom & Taschorn on the right

  • Above Zermatt from Schwarzsee

    Left to right: Zinalrothorn (13,848'), poking above the ridge line, the snow capped Weisshorn (14,783') in the distance.

  • Ober Gabelhorn on the left, Wellenkuppe the snow capped peak, Zinalrothorn center, and Weisshorn on the right.

  • Dent Blanche (14,278')

  • Ober Gabelhorn on the left, Zinalrothorn center, and the snow capped Weisshorn on the right.

  • From the left: Monte Rosa, Liskamm, Pollux, Castor, and Breithorn on the right

  • Low clouds from Schwarzsee

    Dent Blanche (14,278') on the left, Ober Gabelhorn (13,329') on the right.

  • Weisshorn (14,783')

  • Schwarzsee Restaurant & Hotel (8,474')

  • Warren, Bruce & Dave

    At Schwarzsee

  • The 'Old' Schwarzsee Hotel?

    The Mischabel: Left to right: Stecknadelhorn (13,913'), Nadelhorn (14,196'), Lenzspitz (14,808'), Dom (14,694'), Taschhorn (13,411'), and the flat summit of Alphubel (13,799').

  • Low clouds from Schwarzsee

    Left to right: Left to right: Stecknadelhorn, Nadelhorn, Lenzspitz, Dom, Taschhorn, the flat summit of Alphubel, and Allalinhorn on the far right in the clouds.

  • Left to right; Monte Rosa (15,203'), Liskamm (14,852'), Pollux (13,425'), Castor (13,854'), Breithorn (13,661'), and Klein Matterhorn (12,739')

  • Monte Rosa (15,203') far left,

  • Breithorn and Klein Matterhorn

  • View from Schwarzsee

    The two peaks in the center are the Dom (14,694') on the left & the Taschhorn (13,411') on the right.

  • The Mischabel

  • Matterhorn

  • The Hornlihutte (10,695') trail starts here.

  • The trail to Hornlihutte

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Matterhorn Wildflowers

    Wildflowers even up here. The Hornlihutte is the little yellow rectangle to the right of the snow fields.

  • Hornlihutte trail

  • Bruce heading to Hornlihutte

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Hornlihutte trail

    The NE ridge (Hornli) splits the mountain, with the east face on the left and the north face on the right.

  • Hornlihutte trail

    Switchbacks go right up the ridge to the hutte

  • Hornlihutte Trail

    Zinalrothorn on the left, and the Weisshorn on the right.

  • Hornlihutte Trail

    Snow capped Weisshorn

  • Hornlihutte Trail

    Snow capped Weisshorn

  • Hikers on the switchbacks to the Hornlihutte.

  • Approaching the Hornlihutte

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Hornlihutte

    Final staircase to the Hornlihutte

  • Bruce at the Hornlihutte

    Photo by Dave Elliott

  • Hornlihutte (10,695')

    Situated on the north east ridge of the Matterhorn and the route of the first ascent of the mountain. The ridge on the far left skyline is the Furggengrat Ridge with the East Face shown in the image.

  • Dent Blanche (14,278')

  • Monte Rosa, Liskamm, Pollux, Castor, Breithorn, and Klein Matterhorn

  • Dave

    Refreshment at the Hornlhutte and a great view.

  • Bruce

    Refreshment at the Hornlihutte and enjoying the view.

  • Hornlihutte Outdoor Revelry

    The Dom and Taschhorn in the background.

  • Solvay Hutte (13,133')

    From the Hornlihutte (10,695')

  • From the Hornlihutte

    Weisshorn (14,783')

  • View from the Matterhorn

    Lenzspitz (14,808') left, Dom (14,694') center & Taschhorn (13,411') right

  • Monte Rosa (15,203')

    Dufourspitze (15,203') is the main summit with lesser summits of; Dunantspitze (15,196'), Grenzgipfel (15,150'), Nordend (15,121'), Zumsteinspitze (14,970') and Signalkuppe (14,941')

  • View from the Hornlihutte

    Zinalrothorn on the left, and the Weisshorn in clouds on the right.

  • Dave heading back to Schwarzsee.

    Zermatt seen far below

  • Trail to Schwarzsee

  • Hornlihutte Trail

    Monte Rosa: 2nd highest peak in the Alps, and located on the Swiss - Italian border.

  • Hornlihutte Trail

  • The Dom (14,694') on the left & the Taschhorn (13,411') on the right.

  • Hornlihutte Trail

  • The Mischabel above, The Mattertal below

    Zermatt below, Findelgletscher (glacier) center, with the Gornetgletscher (glacier) to the right.

  • Hornlihutte Trail

    Great Trail! The Gornergletscher (Gornergrat Glacier) can be seen in the background. Monte Rosa behind (15,203'). Riffelhorn (9,606') directly ahead, Liskamm (14,852') on the right.

  • Above Zermatt

  • Zermatt

  • Zermatt

    Afternoon Light

  • Matterhorn

    Sunrise just hitting the peak

  • Matterhorn Sunrise

    "Guys, the mountain is on fire"

  • Matterhorn Sunrise

  • Matterhorn Sunrise

    "Never loose an opportunity to see anything beautiful. It is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower." Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Warren, Dave, Bruce

    The end of the trail - a Great Adventure.

  • Leaving Zermatt

  • Geneva Bound

    "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." R.W. Emerson. Photo by Warren Elliott