Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Glattalp - Glärnischhütte - Inner Fürberg - Klöntal

Hard to believe, but this was our first overnight in the mountains. We chose a beautiful traverse from Glattalp to the picturesque Glärnisch massif. The path led over a bizarre Karst-like landscape and down into a beautiful valley that was densely inhabited by sheep. The overnight at the Glärnishhütte was fantastic with hearty food and comfy duvets... the following morning we bravely rose at 7 am (several hours after all the rest of the overnighters at the hut) and headed up for an easy scramble to Fürberg. Easy but exciting, with a few places where use of hands was required. The descent to Klöntal was grueling, but we were rewarded with a few hours of lounging about a terrace eating and drinking well-deserved beers...

Patchy fog at Glattalp

We descended into the valley and up to the saddle between the two peaks in the distance
bright grey limestone suddenly gave way to its orange cousin

first view of Glärnischhütte - and the fun switchbacks that lead to it... 
view of the valley we descended into from the saddle in the upper left
heading up to Fürberg

On top of Fürberg (2627m) - on the other side of the crazy dropoff view to Klöntalersee

Looking toward the Glärnischfirn glacier and Vrenelisgärtli, the highest peak on the massif

Looking south - our path on the right, in the distance the more impressive peaks of Glarnerland

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Idastrasse is a small street. It runs into Idaplatz, a small square. It's a funny little place and once a year it throws a party.


Captain Ludd

Trio from Hell

Friday, August 19, 2011

Winterthur Musikfestwochen

We were pretty excited to go see Iron & WIne at a free festival in Winterthur... we started early with some delicious brews in the sunshine and watching the various sound techs and groupies meander about.

Iron & Wine was a huge disappointment, and I think I'm being pretty generous in my assessment. WTF. Why would someone take wonderfully fragile songs and make them into elevator music drenched in saturated never-ending saxophone solos? I just don't know.

But we had a ton of fun - caught a solid rock 'n' roll act (Fai Baba) at the Albani club toward the end of the night. I was glad to see my new lens work so well in a poorly-lit club... this will be fun.

Molly starting to get animated about sound checking

The kids have the right idea

so close

grill masters

Fai Baba @Albani