Snowshoeing on glacial moraine

We're hiking from Kreuzboden to the Hohsaas mountain restaurant on snowshoes; enjoying the fresh powder on the sunny side of the Saas Valley, and a coffee at the Weissmies Hut. The snow crunches underfoot. Now and then, laughter drifts towards us from the ski slopes. I stop for a moment, squinting in the sunlight. Huge mountain peaks, freshly covered in snow, tower in every direction, topped by a clear blue sky ...

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Climbing past her limits: Vivien Labarile defies gravity

Vivien Labarile, from the Upper Valais, on life as a climber, how to overcome fear, and the role of the psyche when it comes to climbing. Vivien bites her teeth, a fierce expression on her face. She pushes powerfully off one foot, swinging herself upwards – and missing the small hold by mere millimetres. Hanging on the rope, she breathes heavily and pauses for a few minutes to rest her ...

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