A Few More Photos...
The Schönbielhütte, an alpine hut at 2700m (8800') just across the Zmuttgletscher from the Matterhorn. Operated by the Swiss Alpine Club, the hut serves as base camp for climbs up Dent d'Herens or Dent Blanche, as well as a good day or overnight hike from Zermatt. We stayed the night and fell asleep to the glaciers' pops.
View back towards Zermatt from Schönbielhütte at dawn. I awoke with a start at 6am, panicked that I was missing the sunrise. I'm not much of one to sleep in on vacation, to my wife's dismay.
The Dent d'Herens in the early morning alpenglow. Below it is the Tiefmattengletscher, which feeds into the Zmuttgletscher at the base of the Matterhorn.
Helicopter from Air Zermatt landing at Schönbielhutte. The Air Zermatt guys fly really balls-out, it was a pretty amazing performance: in sight to landing to out of sight again in maybe two minutes.
On the other side of Zermatt now, looking at Matterhorn's better known east face from Fluhalp Restaurant & Berggästhaus.
Scenery on train ride from Montreux to Zeissimmen. Almost every train ride we took featured spectacular scenery.
The Chilchbalm, a natural amplitheatre in the Sefinental valley near Gimmelwald.
View of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau from across the Lauterbrunnen Valley near Mürren.
Sunset alpenglow on the mountains directly across from Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald.