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May '11


I think I’ve found heaven. Or the place where they filmed Avatar. Oh my gosh, this place is absolutely beautiful. When I got here, it was raining, and I couldn’t really see any of the mountains….but when the rain cleared, and the mountains popped out of the middle of no where…wow. Just wow.

Above is the photo of the view outside the hostel we are staying out. The Mountain Hostel has been a great place to stay so far – met some absolutely wonderful people. Was up til midnight last night playing card games with some new friends, and today 2 guys from Virginia Tech showed up. Small world. They just graduated, and were very involved in Young Life at Tech. Speaking of, I met 3 guys from Dallas last night who are very involved in Campus Crusade there. Nice to have similarily minded people to hang out with.
Anyways, back to Gimmelwald. I can't put into words the natural beauty that surrounds me. The mountains shoot from the valley floor with shear cliff walls...8000 feet vertical or more from the floor, very impressive. And thanks to the rain we got yesterday, all the mountains are capped in snow. This place is gorgeous.

To get here, I had to take the train to the end terminal, then board a regional train. When that train ended, I boarded a bus. When that bus ended, I got on a cable car to swisk over the shear cliffs. I got off at the first stop (Gimmelwald), but it continues to the top of Schilthorn, where the Bond movie "On her majesty's secret service" was filmed back in the day. When I got here, I decided to go on a hike in the rain. Hiked up a hill, through cow pastures (they have bells on, so there is constantly a chorus of cow bells) and kept hiking to a very pretty waterfall. I was surprised by how hard the hike was, but the waterfall was worth it. Oh, and I got soaked.

Today I went on another hike, and this time the weather was fantastic. Left around 7am, and hiked up the to 'Sharkfin' as it translates. From there hiked over to a high mountain lake, and then followed the snow/glacier melt river down to the valley floor and back to the cable car. My legs are absolutely rubber - I gained more than 3000' vertical today, and hiked on rockey terrain for 8 hours. But good gosh, the views are beautiful. About half of the hike was above the snowline, and I could see helicopters and paragliders below me ferrying around.

My original plan to hike to the Schilthorn was axed after learning about the avalanche risk. Turns out today I heard many avalanches running, several of which cut across the trails going to the Schilthorn. So yeah, glad I didn't do that.

Anyways, thats enough of an update for one day. Tomorrow I am off to Munich, and it turns out my VT friends are going to be heading that way the next day. So, as it stands now, I'm planning on hanging out with friends both nights in Munich. Then only a few more days until meeting my friends in Berlin/Hamburg. Yay!

Oh, and like I said, Gimmelwald is heaven on earth. Not even kidding. At all.





5 comments to “Gimmelwald”

  1. Logan Groves on Facebook Says:

    HOLY SMOKES thats crazy beautiful.

  2. Adrienne Hess Says:

    So jealous Brian.

  3. Mrs Kallander Says:

    Looks beautiful….when we were up there 5 months ago the sun was shining but it was like 10 degrees below 0! After being out for a bit – couldn’t even feel your face!
    Enjoy the trip!

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