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.

Grindjisee Stellisee Matterhorn from Rothorn Monte Rosa Rothorn Panorama Valais Blacknose Sheep Mountaineer's Cemetery Riffelsee

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