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SWISS ALPS TOURS
VAULTING THE GREAT WALL
Taxiing before turning right for the runway -only 15 minutes flying time away from the flight of a lifetime beside the Swiss Alps.
Diamond Peaks basking in September sunshine.
Regarded by the Bernese as one of the prettiest mountains seen from their city - the Blumlisalp dwarfing Kandersteg Valley.
The impact of climate change - glaciers survive high up while lower down curve valleys smoothed by the last ice age - although one should remember that only 600 years ago traders walked the paths over these mountains during summer.
Glaciers along the Diamond Peaks. From left the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, Blumlisalp and Balmhorn. Folds in the rock, clearly visible, show how the Alps came about after a collision of continents. Such photos are possible only from an aircraft. This photo, taken after summer, certainly is worth comparing with those on the Alps Tour Page - taken during several summers over the last three decades.
The big four - Switzerland's highest peaks in Canton Valais where 38 summits rise over 4000 metres. Slightly left of centre are the Dom and Monte Rosa - rising to 14,911 feet and 15,203 feet. At photo centre is the Matterhorn 14,692 feet and the Dent Blanche 14,291 feet.
The Rhone flowing from the Alps towards Geneva. The mighty barrier ahead spreads from Grand Combin and the Dents du Midi to the great massif formed by Mont Blanc - almost enclosing the beautiful Lake of Geneva before the Rhone escapes through France and eventually reaches the warm Mediterranean.
Blue water and sugar white mountains - a tiny lake steamer chugging across the Thunersee watched by the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains.
Thun with its thousand years old castle - where Adrian and Regine held their wedding party over 36 years back - cruising along beside the Belpberg a few moments before turning left for finals at Belp Airport. Along the horizon are the Jura mountains.
The Swiss Alps
Bern, lakes and Alps
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