Posts about Grindelwald

Grindelwald – a name known by millions of Harry Potter fans the world over thanks to its use by J.K. Rowling – is in fact a small town nestled in the mountains above Interlaken, in the Jungfrau Region of central Switzerland. The town is a magnet for winter sports and hiking aficionados as it is surrounded on all sides by mountains: the Männlichen ridge and the slopes down from First provide sledge runs, ski pistes and good hiking trails. The main alpine chain – including the world-famous Eiger North Wall – seals off the southern side of the valley and provides a huge challenge for many climbers.

The only main access point to the town is from the north, via a narrow road and a partially-cogged railway winding up the Lütschine valley from Interlaken. This affords little hindrance to the thousands of tourists who come to admire the landscape, cover the slopes and stroll amongst the tourist shops along the main street in search of a suitably Swiss trinket to take home. The town is best visited between seasons, when the cablecars and public transport continue to run, but the crowds are greatly lessened and one can get up above the town to admire the views and revel in the majestic silence.

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Last hike of the "summer"; Sunday on Männlichen, above Grindelwald.

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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Thanks to a new work client, I and two colleagues got a free 20 minute helicopter flight from Gsteigwiler (near Interlaken) up to the Eiger and back yesterday afternoon. Video clips also online at www.youtube.com/mhowells

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I’ve been editing some of my own photos for a work client today: this is one of them. See if you can spot what Photoshop work has been done on this, other than colour balancing and sharpening. www.jpgmag.com/photos/164553

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Fiancées

Photo by Jo’s dad Roy in September, when we visited Männlichen for the day with him and Jo’s mum Pat.

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Joy of Winter

With the death of summer and the passing of autumn, comes the joy of a new-born winter.

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Move Any Mountain

I Walk so Tall Ascending I Stand so High Earth Below me Revolving Above the Sky I Feel no Fear To be here is oh so fine Shining Brightly Like Sunlight Inside my Mind Put detailed thought into every desire Believe in yourself you know what you’ll find There is no "can’t" in a trouble-free […]

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A bit scary, walking over this miniature snow-glacier on the hike from First to Grosse Scheidegg: there’s a fast-flowing stream running underneath the right hand side and eating away at the underside so that you could fall through at any moment. That’s if the approaching lightning storm doesn’t get you first…

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