I traveled to Zermatt, the small mountain village at the base of the Matterhorn – the region is a mecca to the outdoors, with hiking, rock climbing, and summer skiing abound. I greatly enjoyed the 5-Seenweg (“5 Lakes Trail”), which traversed the mountain passes past 5 lakes offering stunning views of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains. I definitely captured the Toblerone View and more! The Matterhorn itself is absolutely stunning against any backdrop – the view becomes dramatically different each time a cloud rolls off the cliff faces.
This year (and month!) celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, on July 14th, 1865. 7 men who reached the summit of the once “unclimbable” mountain; however, 4 were killed in a fall during the descent with still-unknown circumstances surrounding their deaths. The Mountaineer’s Cemetery – capturing ascents from the 1800s to present day – is a chilling testament to the danger of the climb.