Hiking the Swiss Alps of Adelboden and Pontresina

23 August 2015

We are on our way to Switzerland.

This will be our third trip to this small but spectacular country. We will be joining about a dozen other travelers from Flagstaff on a trip arranged by Cuylor and Tom Boughner and will be staying at “Our Chalet” in Adelboden for eight days. Adelboden is in Bern Canton and lies in the Bernese Oberland. Mountains surround the town and there are hiking trails, ski areas, funiculars, and gondolas in all directions. And cows.

It's a "selfie." Look carefully.
It’s a “selfie.” Look carefully.

The second half of our trip will involve traveling on our own to Pontresina in Graubünden Canton in the southeast part of the country.

This trip will be different from our previous visits (2002, 2004) in one important way: we are not planning on any alpine mountaineering so we are not carrying any heavy gear. No climbing helmets, ice axes, crampons, ropes, etc., means more room for extra clothing. We’ve always been light on clothing so this will be a welcome change.

We are flying PHX–ATL–ZRH as we have done before and it feels familiar.