Wednesday, July 1, 2015

{Hiking Chamonix} Les Flegere

Les Flegere is part of a ski resort that has a ton of trails that are so easy to access. From our camp spot in Les Praz, we walked maybe a mile (probably less) to get to the trail head. With it's south facing location, Les Flegere gives you endless views of Mont Blanc and the entire Graian Alp mountain range. It was cool seeing it from a different view, in the opposite direction from our previous times. We had another perfect day of rich blue skies, a blasting warmth of sunshine and magnificent views the entire day.

Once we reached the top, we soaked in the views as far as the eye could see and dreamed about skiing here someday. It looks like a really fun mountain to play on, whether its hiking, trail running, skiing, or snowboarding, Les Flegere is the mountain to be on.

 The pinnacle structure on the right is the top of Aiguille du Midi were we were the day before.

 Mont Blanc in black and white.

 Another view of Mont Blanc and part of the Graian Alps.

 The mountains surrounding the Mer du Glace glacier - where we did our first hike in Chamonix.

Another really cool thing about hiking in Chamonix is that you can start at one trail head and take a different route down and then hop on a train that will take you home (or to where you started from). It's pretty sweet.

Next up, two hours in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Happy Trekkin'!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

{Hiking Utah} Mount Nebo, North Summit

Summiting Mount Nebo has been on my list of hikes for a while now. Last week Heinz and I got up at the crack of dawn (really around 3:30 am), made a quick breakfast, grabbed our gear and jumped in the car heading south of SLC towards the small town of Payson, UT. Once in Payson we hooked up with the Mt. Nebo Scenic byway road that lead us to the trail head at roughly 9,000 ft. The scenic byway is beautiful and I hope to get out there again to explore more of this area. 

The trail is a gradual climb at first that winds up and around the northern end of the Mt. Nebo range and traverses the mountain side that takes you to Wolf Pass. Once at Wolf Pass it's an all up "stair-mill" climb to the false summit but not to worry because the true northern peak is not far away. The ridge hiking is awesome with beautiful views to the east and west. 

This was such an awesome hike and a great one for training at elevation. With the northern summit of Mt. Nebo hovering at 11,900 ft., it is the tallest peak in Utah county. I am so excited to finally check this one off the list. Now on to the next adventure.

Mt. Nebo the far right peak - our destination.

View from Wolf Pass

On the ridge getting higher.

On top of the false summit - almost there. Shot by Heinz

Really cool rock slabs.

Heinz heading up to the summit.

A look back at the ridge we just hiked on.

Shot by Heinz

Hanging out on the peak - the whole place to ourselves.

A view of the Mount Nebo range from the scenic byway road.

Happy Trekkin'!