Gallery: July 10 — Lötschenpass: The Leading Edge

We did an epic twelve-hour hike over the Lötschenpass, which connects the Lötschental to the Gasteretal in the Berner Oberland. You can read a detailed description in the travelogue and appreciate it better with these pictures.

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The high settlement of Lauchernalp, the starting point of the hike, in the early morning.

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Up the valley.

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New construction — Lauchernalp was, and maybe still is, growing rapidly.

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Setting out.

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A partial view down into the Rhône valley.

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Atmospherics.

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Hohe Kühe.

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Another excellent lichen.

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A lurking cow.

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Violet & the Gentians.

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Dad befriended a herd of sheep. Or was it the other way round?

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Cragscape with the same sort of lichen all over.

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There were some gorgeous diffuse clouds moving around above.

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A view back to what we thought was the pass.

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For a long time, the sheep continued along the hiking trail in front of me, thinking I was herding them.

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In close view, the Balmhorn: do not fall on it.

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The Ferdenrothorn displays some intense geological folding. Look closely and check out the ruddy strata writhing from the peak all the way down to the scree.

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More gentians, with their unbeatable color.

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Up near the pass, we had to walk across a number of snowfields. This was nothing compared to what we encountered after the pass.

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Here is the pass hut now in view, a very welcome sight after the first false alarm.

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The outhouse has this great window made of glasses.

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An adorable Kachelofen inside the hut.

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A picture of the hut being constructed decades ago.

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The people who run the hut keep animals there, including this pig.

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Closer view of the hut. Note how the clouds have gotten progressively thicker and lower over the course of the day.

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Another shot inside the hut. Very cozy.

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We ate lunch at these picnic tables outside, despite the brisk wind.

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It was lunchtime for the chickens too, I guess.