Climbing the Oberaarhorn

climbing the Oberaarhorn

As part of our Way Up project in the summer of 2016, we climbed the central Swiss Alps Oberaarhorn, 3630 meters, from the Oberaarsee near Grimsel Pass. This is an absolute classic easy alpine summit, with great views of the Berner Oberland’s highest peak, the Finsteraarhorn, a hut for overnight or lunch, and what interested us most, all types of terrain, …

The Wetterhorn, Mittelhorn and Rosenhorn Ski Mountaineering Tour

Climbing the Wetterhorn's normal route

A friend referred to this as the “Horny Tour”. Starting from Rosenlaui, between Meiringen and Grindelwald, it’s a ski mountaineering tour that links up ascents of the Wetterhorn (3692 meters), Mittelhorn (3703 meters) and Rosenhorn (3688 meters). In the world of ski mountaineering, this one has a bit more mountaineering than ski. In fact, word has it that it’s an endurance exam …

The Eiger West Flank from Grindelwald

The Way Up Inspiration This year’s project, The Way Up, finished off with what may be the mother of all Way Ups! The Eiger, from Grindelwald, with Ueli Steck. Ueli is a close friend and someone I have shared a lot of days in the mountains with, including three Himalayan expeditions. In fact, it was probably Ueli that inspired me …

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The 82 Summits Project

The 82 Summits project has launched. Ueli Steck and Michi Wohlleben are committed to climbing all 82 of the Alps 4000 meter peaks, in 80 days, and under their own power. Between peaks, countries even, they’ll bike, run, hike, ski or even paraglide. But this project is not about speed, or records, or even doing much hard climbing, It’s about a …

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Learning Swiss German at the Lobhorn Hut

The Lobhorn Hut has starred as a central character in my Swiss life. For whatever reason, this friendly little mountain hut that sleeps less than twenty people continues to draw me in for the simple fact of being in the right place at the right time. Having one of the best views in all the Alps is certainly a bonus. …

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Hiking the Hardergrat Switzerland

Last summer, Janine and I posted a story about our experience on the Hardergrat (aka Brienzergrat). In German, a “grat” is a ridge, while Harder is just a name. However, in this case it is appropriate – it is indeed a hard ridge. It is also one of the best experiences I have ever had in the mountains. The blog about our …

2014 Mountain Sport Photo Workshop

We’re pleased to announce that for the third straight year, we will be hosting a Mountain Sport Photo Workshop in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Together with the Viewfinder Center for Photography, the program is for three days, 19 – 21 September, at Kleine Scheidegg, dramatically situated beneath the famous Eiger North Face. With the towering mountains above, cascading glaciers, idyllic Swiss landscape and …

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Sony Alpha a6000 Review for Mountain Sports

We are not camera reviewers or even remotely interested in camera tech. We just make photos, concentrating on the experience, with familiar gear we know to be reliable and of the highest quality. However, as professional photographers and athletes, we have long dreamt of a small camera capable of making perfect images for publication. One that would also have to …

The Disappearing Glaciers of Switzerland and the Aarbiwak

A few days ago we headed into a part of the Swiss Alps that has continual comparisons made to the Himalaya. It is one of the more remote corners of the Alps with few reasons to go beyond exploring an entirely alpine world. If a 7-8 hour walk up a long, glacier filled valley sounds good to you – the …

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The Hardergrat Interlaken Switzerland

Hiking the Hardergrat. Interlaken, Swiss Alps

Last week an article came out at National Geographic, The World’s 20 Best Hikes, as chosen by some leading figures in the Outdoor Industry. With our photo as the lead, I checked in for a look. The trails, unlike so many “Best Of” lists, were a welcome mix of classics and lesser known, off the beaten path destinations. A trail, …

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PatitucciPhoto Mountain Sport Photography Workshop

For the second year, we will be presenting a Mountain Sport Photography Workshop in Grindelwald, Switzerland. The dates are September 13 – 15, 2013 and is hosted through Switzerland’s Viewfinder Center for Photography. For complete information, and to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5718843214/Patitucci2013/54813199218 Last year’s program was a huge success and offered the attendees a tremendous opportunity to see one of the …

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Gauligletscher Ski Tour

We just came out of our final ski tour of the year – the gran finale to what was a great winter in the Swiss Alps. Together with our friend and Mountain Guide Alberto De Giuli, we headed into the relatively wild Gauligletscher and the Gaulihütte where we spent a few days ski touring. Just before setting off, spring temperatures …