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The Matterhorn

By jamesgrant      
For years, I have wanted to see the Matterhorn. It's one of them things I had dreamed of and last month made the trip over to Switzerland by car with my girlfriend.

I wasn't disappointed, the mountain lived up to all of my expectations and i had a moment of awe when I first saw it.

Unfortunately, we weren't staying in Zermatt which is a car free town and there were no trains up in time for sunrise.

This meant our options were limited, we wanted to wild camp but with 2m of snow on the tops with most of the trails closed it just wouldn't happen. For this reason I plan to be back next August when it is possible!

To be honest, it's probably a good job we didn't wild camp as the following will explain why.

This image of the Matterhorn was taken from Gornergrat, an observatory at over 3000m in the midst of 29 4000m Peaks. A great place. We saw the last train down was 8pm which would give us time to do a sunset and catch some star pictures.

At around 4pm, we heard some avalances which sounded precariously close but being in a basin you can never quite tell if they're just echoing. We continued shooting and about 30 minutes later a local ran up to tell us that the next train would be the last and we must get on. We weren't impressed but there was nothing we could do. We headed to the train and people were in panic, it turned out the avalanches had fell onto the track.

After a bit more panic from the staff, they told us it would be a hour or so before we could descend and were free to get back out. So after being on a high, going to low we were back on a high and rushed back up to shoot some of the golden light.

We managed to fire off quite a few shots, but sooner than expected we were called back to the train and missed some of the best red skies. We got down to the next station and were told once again to get off.

All our company on the train were loaded onto a snow plough crammed in to be taken to the next station, but me and my girlfriend couldn't fit in with our large bags and so two snow mobiles were sent up to take us down it style.

What an experience that was, hurtling down the mountainside. We got to the next station and could see all the avalanches that stopped us from being able to descend. We were thankful we hadn't tried to pick a spot to camp as we wouldn't have known about the problems and could potentially have got ourselves into trouble.

Anyway, in all it was a great week with clear blue skies every day we were there. I can't promise lots of amazing photos but I will be sure to return next year!

Tags: Sunset Switzerland Zermatt Landscape and travel The Matterhorn

Voters: saeidNL, lenocm, cats_123 and 6 more


saeidNL 9 3 Netherlands
10 Apr 2014 8:54AM
Beautiful image with superb detail and lighting super comp.

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
10 Apr 2014 9:24AM
Great story and a fine image GrinGrin

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