Each summer we strive to go on at least one alpine adventure as a family. In the past, this has included trips to Vitnau and the Rigi Kulm in the Lucerne region (twice), the Furka Pass and Rhone Glacier, and the Trient Glacier and Gorge. This year we decided to see the mother of all glaciers, Aletsch – the largest glacier in the alps.
Our trip started with a picnic on the way in Valais at a little forest school, abandoned for the summer holidays. From there we checked into our hotel in Fiesch, visited the Office of Tourism to inquire about lift tickets and then quickly got on the train to our departure point. From the station we caught a telecabin to Bettmeralp, but soon discovered that we missed the last telecabin to the Moosfluh viewing station by five minutes! However, there was one more option – an hour and twenty minute hike up to the summit! With plenty of encouragement from my husband and me, several rest stops and lots of complaints, we all made it to the top in about ninety minutes. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy for any of us, but the payoff was nothing short of extraordinary! As an added bonus, because the lift wasn’t running anymore that day, we were completely alone with the glacier – no one there except the four of us. I even carried a dress in my backpack so I could get a few shots for my P52 Self Portrait Project! On the way down we stopped at the gorgeous lake Blausee and walked into town just as dark descended. Then we boarded the telecabin back down to the train station and fell into bed exhausted but exhilarated!
After trips like this, I’m always so happy to have taken my camera gear along (OK, lugged my gear along!) to capture not only our time together as a family, but our adventures in amazing places that we may never see again. What about you dear friend? Are you ready to go adventuring? I would love to come with you and capture your time together as a family, group or couple. I am currently filling my fall and winter schedule, but it’s not too early to discuss next summer. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and also sign up for my newsletter while you’re at it (click “NEW! Get the Inside Scoop!) – I’m about to announce a special giveaway!
Stay tuned for Day Two of our adventure, featuring trips to Eggishorn, the Rhone River and the Goms Suspension Bridge! xxoo Kate.Kate Cuénoud is a family adventure photographer and photo editor living in the Lac Leman region of Switzerland.