#22 The trek to Mordor

3 Oct

Now I know how Frodo feels.

Over 12 grueling miles Veronika and I hiked through a Lord of the Rings-like landscape filled with boulder fields, alpine lakes, shards of rock, mossy outcroppings and melting glaciers. We didn’t find the ring, but it was one of the best days. Ever. (See all the photos below)

Our journey started out in the Swiss town of Grindelwald. The village sits at the base of the world famous Eiger Mountain. All around are 13,000-foot peaks, sheer rock walls and hanging glaciers. In other words, just about the coolest place on the planet.

You know how some people feel more at home in a forest or on the plains or in a city? Me? I’m most at home in the mountains. I love the spectacular views and all the possibilities for hiking and skiing.

We left Grindelwald around 8AM and took a short ride up the First chairlift to the start of our hike. The lift takes you a short ways above the village to where the serious hiking begins. It’s funny, but on my first ever trip to Europe 24 years ago, we visited Grindelwald and rode this very same chairlift. Talk about coming full circle.

The hike we choose was a 6-hour leg-burner that passed by Bachalpsee (the first of three glacial lakes), through the Hiendertellti (a high-alpine rock field), to the top of Wildgarst and down to Grosse Scheidegg at the base of Wetterhorn Mountain.

The whole trip was awesome, but for me the biggest goal was getting to the top of Wildgarst. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been enthralled with mountaineering. If there’s a book on Everest, I’ve probably read it. I’m both fascinated and terrified by the thought of scaling the world’s highest peaks.

A couple hours into our trip, we got our first view of 9,488-foot Wildgarst. Even in the shadow of the taller Schwarzhorn Mountain it looked quite impressive – and relatively easy from a distance. Ha! We sure were in for a surprise!

At times it felt like we were hiking in Iceland, Scotland, Nepal or on the moon, as the landscape kept changing as we went higher and higher.

After a power lunch (bread, cheese, tomato, trail mix, pretzels), it was time to take on the Wildgarst. Good thing there were a few others on the mountain at the same time because finding the trail was nearly impossible. The whole route is filled with shards of rock that make a sound like broken glass with each step. The precariousness of each foothold combined with a 500-foot drop off added to the excitement!

After 50 minutes of near vertical hiking we made it to the top, though! I had such a wonderful sense of accomplishment. This was one of the things on my list that I knew would be the toughest to accomplish. Getting to the top of the mountain with V made it even more special.

At the summit we had a spectacular view of the Jungfrau region and snow-capped mountains in nearly every direction. After snapping a bunch of photos and celebrating a bit, we decided to start the long journey back down.

Following a mini-glacier crossing and yet another trail filled with shards of rocks, we made it to a spectacular, crystal clear high-alpine stream. Ahhh. Veronika and I decided to stop for a while and rest our weary feet in the ice-cold water. It felt great, but it was also a bit of a challenge to see who could keep their feet in the water the longest! Such a perfect, perfect location.

After a couple more hours of hiking downhill (and then uphill a bit for good measure), we finally made it to the end of our journey – Grosse Scheidegg. Sipping coke and ice tea on the patio while waiting for the bus back to town never felt so good!

Back in Grindelwald that evening we indulged in pizza, cake and ice cream (because we earned it!). 🙂

So, Frodo, I feel your pain (especially in my legs), but I’d do it again in a second. What a terrific, amazing, spectacular, wonderful, great day!!

Photo: Happy at the start of the journey.

Photo: Bachalpsee / Lake Bachalpsee

Photo: Color coordinating with the landscape.

Photo: Starting the long trek into the Hiendertellti.

Photo: Still so far to go (Wildgarst is the peak to center-left).

Photo: Mountain rocks and lichen.

Photo: Climbing through the boulder field (Wildgarst in the distance).

Photo: Looking back where we started across one of the alpine lakes.

Photo: Starting the hike up Wildgarst.

Photo: The trail! (Yes, it was this steep, too)

Photo: The summit!

Photo: Schwarzhorn and the high Alps of the Bernese Oberland in the distance.

Photo: The descent. Can you spot V? Hint – look to the bottom right.

Photo: The mini-glacier we partially slid down (not on purpose).

Photo: Crossing through a lunar landscape.

Photo: Ahhh…..

Photo: Our perfect little spot high in the Alps.

Photo: The last leg with the Wetterhorn looming ahead.

Photo: Swiss cheese?

Photo: Happy at the end of the trail.

Photo: Time for dessert!

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144 Responses to “#22 The trek to Mordor”

  1. Cousin Carole October 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM #

    You two have such a wonderful life,
    I love reading about all the adventures.

  2. Mikalee Byerman October 12, 2011 at 5:08 PM #

    What a spectacular journey … that summit is INCREDIBLE!

    Congrats to you both…

    🙂

  3. Orel Engel October 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM #

    Amazing landscapes!! Thanks for sharing the photos. The Wetterhorn looks to be an awesone peak to climb 🙂

  4. violetwilliamserotica October 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM #

    What amazing pictures! New follower…really looking forward to living vicariously through you. 🙂

  5. natasiarose October 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM #

    Those pictures are so beautiful, it doesn’t even look real!

  6. dwi October 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM #

    waw… what a great day… Switzerland is realy falling paradise. during my stay in Switzerland also this 5 months. I explore a lot of place and still feel not enough. I love so much hiking also. so nice to rean your trip story

  7. theyarewatching October 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM #

    simply amazing

  8. Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research October 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

    Beautiful photos! My husband has skied at Grindelwald many times – he lived in Switzerland 8 years! Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  9. Yasir Imran October 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

    it seems a great place…lovely photographs

  10. Michael October 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM #

    Looks great! Wonderful weather out there…

  11. conniewalden October 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM #

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  12. One Woman's Grief - Of Epic Proportions October 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM #

    Hi, Todd!
    Saw the caption for this blog on WordPress’ home page! Great job getting there! Had to find out where you’d found Mordor! Enjoyed the adventure. Love the pictures especially 2, 3, 8, 17, 18, and 21! #9 reminds me of the hike up Windy Ridge at Mt. St. Helens. Someone on the trail with us said it reminded them of going up to Massada. #10 – what trail?

    Also, like your 40×40 list. I’ve just started a blog myself and considering a second with the idea of a bucket list.

    My blog isn’t as upbeat, yet check it out and let me know what you think. I know the name is long: OneWomansGriefOfEpicProportions.wordpress.com.
    Sharon

  13. mrstaysharp October 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM #

    This looks like so much fun

  14. DoF@theinfill October 12, 2011 at 7:04 PM #

    You have some amazing photos here (tho I’m a bit worried that there cairn is going to fall on some unwary walker!)
    Absolutely lovely many thanks for sharing

  15. myinnermystic October 12, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

    Gorgeous photos!

  16. PCC Advantage October 12, 2011 at 7:41 PM #

    Wow! All of your photos are stunning, but the one of Lake Bachalpsee is just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

    What an adventure you’ve had, Frodo…what an adventure, indeed… 😉

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  17. Judes October 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    Spectacular!!

  18. hakea October 12, 2011 at 7:51 PM #

    Beautiful photos – amazing landscape. Great achievement!

  19. Miriam Joy October 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

    Those photos are so beautiful they don’t even look real! May I have permission to use a couple of the landscape-y ones as desktop backgrounds etc? They’re very nice 😀

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed, by the way!

  20. happykidshappymom October 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM #

    What an amazing journey. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed (that’s how I found your blog). Sounds like you’ve got a 40×40 wish list — and that you’re making some amazing accomplishments on it!

    Beautiful pictures. When I saw the one with the peak you were headed towards over on the left, I couldn’t believe it. You two really are adventurous!

    Good luck with your list, and happy trails!

    Melissa

  21. Wendy Edsall-Kerwin October 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM #

    Wow, what beautiful scenery. I love all the photos of rocks.

  22. hotechnology October 12, 2011 at 8:28 PM #

    …Wow! Really great trek. 🙂

  23. l0ve0utl0ud October 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM #

    Amazing! Absolutely stunning photos and a wonderful adventure!

  24. carolyntrafford October 12, 2011 at 8:36 PM #

    What a fabulous set of photos – very lucky!! I almost have blog envy.

  25. swampfool October 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM #

    that is one of the greatest stories i have ever read, you have to “keep on rollin” 🙂

  26. lostinthearmsofdestiny October 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

    WOW It’s so beautiful!! You guys look like you had lots of fun! I want to do something like that one day! 😀

    -Marie

  27. Aileen Torres October 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM #

    Great photos!

  28. mishfish13 October 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM #

    That sounds amazing! At least the hills weren’t made of sand like in Hawaii–two steps up… 1.5 steps down haha

  29. travelgirlseesworld October 12, 2011 at 9:33 PM #

    Wow the light quality and the water reflections in these photos are absolutely amazing. Would love to do my own LOTR trek!

    -Sam

    http://www.travelgirlseesworld.com

  30. Travelling Writer October 12, 2011 at 9:48 PM #

    great note! i love LOTR and i cant totally imagine me doing the trekking!! well, congratulations!!! like your pictures too… i feel like i was there myself. c”,)

    http://travellersdiningdepot.wordpress.com/

  31. Palm Trees & Bare Feet October 12, 2011 at 9:54 PM #

    Beautiful photos! Looks like you had an amazing experience!

  32. Eva McCane October 12, 2011 at 10:06 PM #

    love the rock pile! in aruba, one side of the island is rough terrain and people go there to build their own personal rock sculptures/towers. it’s quite a site. thousands…and they’re all different. it’s amazing.

  33. Dounia October 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM #

    Wow, spectacular photos! Thanks for sharing them and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  34. zenlifefrugal October 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM #

    Great adventures! I wish you more!

  35. Sophia Morgan (griffinspen) October 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM #

    Utterly awesome. Would loved to have gone on that trip, too! So jealous!

  36. A Photographer October 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM #

    Wow! It looks so pretty there! The reflections are really great for photographing! Lucky!
    http://www.thecameraangle.wordpress.com

  37. leadinglight October 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM #

    What a lovely story – those rocks do look precarious! My favourite pic is of that lake.

  38. klrs09 October 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM #

    I’ve done some hiking in the Jasper Rockies, but nothing compares to this! Congratulations, both on the climb and on being FP’d.

  39. naturenewbie October 12, 2011 at 11:18 PM #

    This is such an awesome blog! Totally inspirational.

  40. Tim Shey October 12, 2011 at 11:57 PM #

    Beautiful scenery.

  41. Andi October 13, 2011 at 12:12 AM #

    You caught my attention with the reference to Mordor (I’m a LOTR fan), but you’re photos absolutely captivated me! This place looks gorgeous and while a little scary at times, a great place for a hike and an adventure! Your dessert was well deserved.

  42. ashkitty October 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM #

    A lovely write up for a lovely journey…it was ever more nice to see you both even at the end of the trip. I just did one such epic trip to Snowden and was not very happy by the end of it! though, just like in your case, the trip did give me some fantastic pictures!

  43. ashkitty October 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM #

    so keep trekking and keep clicking

  44. Joy Felix October 13, 2011 at 12:39 AM #

    Awesome! SO beautiful! Looks like an amazing adventure!

  45. williamxander October 13, 2011 at 12:43 AM #

    Some really awesome pictures. Looks a treat.

  46. crimsonlocks October 13, 2011 at 12:56 AM #

    That’s pretty amazing! Climbing mountains has never been something I want to do, but I admire people who do it because I know you’re overcoming a lot to get there. Congrats! And good luck with the rest of your list.

  47. Julio Eiffelt R R October 13, 2011 at 1:06 AM #

    Awesome images. Last war for frodo. like u did.
    did you arrange that stones by your self?

  48. edevendegies October 13, 2011 at 1:42 AM #

    Amazing! Loved your photos!

  49. justmytrip October 13, 2011 at 1:42 AM #

    Great blog dude! I hope you fulfill all the things in your bucket list. Carpe diem! 🙂

  50. Daniel Tomlinson October 13, 2011 at 1:51 AM #

    This blog rocks! I see why it’s high on WordPress’ list. Look forward to more from Nashville.

  51. Thomas THE Life Coach October 13, 2011 at 1:57 AM #

    Man those are beautiful photos of a beautiful place! Put ‘Travel to Mordor’ on my bucket list. Thx for sharin’ 🙂

  52. Blog Contributor October 13, 2011 at 2:00 AM #

    Man…that looks like it was an AWESOME trip!

  53. ditchthebun October 13, 2011 at 2:19 AM #

    Grindelwald, Bachalpsee, Hiendertellti, Wildgarst, even the places sound Tolkien hehehe. Looks like a fabulous adventure, the second photo is my absolute favourite… you can’t CGI that kind of magnificent beauty!

    • treubold October 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM #

      Too funny! I didn’t think of that before with the names. 🙂

  54. colrama October 13, 2011 at 2:27 AM #

    You are lucky.
    The photos are beautiful.
    Wish you many more trips, May be Mongolia next.
    Keep blogging.

  55. spottedfootprints October 13, 2011 at 2:28 AM #

    Your adventure looks and sounds awesome! The pictures make me want to pack my bags and follow in your footsteps!

  56. arunashouse October 13, 2011 at 2:29 AM #

    Awsome!!!

  57. Raxa Collective October 13, 2011 at 2:43 AM #

    Thank you so much for sharing this, it’s wonderful. The photos are so evocative.
    and congrats on the FP!

  58. riccatorres October 13, 2011 at 2:49 AM #

    In what country is this? 🙂

    • treubold October 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM #

      Hi, it’s in Switzerland.

  59. Niko October 13, 2011 at 2:53 AM #

    Wow, the scenery looks amazing – guess my list of places I want to go just got one place longer 🙂 Nice post

  60. RoseWine October 13, 2011 at 3:16 AM #

    Oh MY GOD!!!!!!! It’s just AWESOME!!!!
    I love the photo of Bachalpsee / Lake Bachalpsee, great shot perfect reflection!!!

    ~dance like you do when nobody’s watching~

  61. rowingthroughlife October 13, 2011 at 3:47 AM #

    What an incredible post and great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Lisa October 13, 2011 at 3:49 AM #

    Beautiful images. And I love how you made it into a Lord of the Rings story…I’m a fan for sure. Here’s to adventuring! And congrats on making it in Freshly Pressed – the image and headline definitely caught my eye!

  63. dgilmore88 October 13, 2011 at 3:59 AM #

    Great photos! The one of Lake Bachalpsee is spectacular

  64. ava October 13, 2011 at 4:09 AM #

    Your delight is clearly seen on the pictures! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  65. walpurgis23 October 13, 2011 at 4:42 AM #

    Flippin sweet! I love hiking on shale! Not!

    Congrats on the hike!

  66. PiedType October 13, 2011 at 4:43 AM #

    I’ll read anything about mountains. Especially when it’s written by someone who loves the mountains. What stunning, “toothy” peaks in that area!

  67. amaranthmine October 13, 2011 at 4:50 AM #

    The pictures are stunning! I clicked on the link because I am a shameless Tolkien junkie, and I’m very glad I did. Your adventures are wonderful 🙂

  68. thorsaurusthorsaurus October 13, 2011 at 5:24 AM #

    Wonderful pictures. No wildlife? They remind me of the North Cascades.

  69. crrombough October 13, 2011 at 5:47 AM #

    That cairn is ridiculously awesome

  70. uponatlas October 13, 2011 at 5:56 AM #

    :O Was this the actual place Frodo climbed? Love the post.

    🙂

    uponatlas.

  71. alvinpark October 13, 2011 at 7:01 AM #

    keep going!

  72. fireofthephoenix October 13, 2011 at 7:21 AM #

    amazing photos

  73. sheokhanda October 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM #

    wow…
    the pic of Bachalpsee / Lake Bachalpsee was truly amazing……

  74. beingouthere October 13, 2011 at 7:52 AM #

    NIce pics, mate! Really inspiring.

  75. marlowesnymph October 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM #

    Oh my gosh! These pictures are fantastic. It looks like so beautiful and fun. What an adventure!

    marlowesnymph.wordpress.com

  76. Dianda October 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM #

    Woah! That looks gorgeous! Worth all the pain I bet!

  77. Cah ndeso October 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM #

    wow …. like experience when reading this article. Lord of the Ring movie ….. my favorits

  78. Michelle October 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM #

    I am seriously in awe. This is mostly attributed to my LOTR obsession but I don’t deny that your entire hike is amazing. I don’t even understand myself right now so I’ll just sum up my awe-inspired feelings into two thumbs up.

  79. jaylovette October 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM #

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  80. crunchyconmama October 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM #

    Awesome. Congratulations! Beautiful photos!

  81. Joe October 13, 2011 at 11:39 AM #

    Awesome pictures! Such beautiful landscapes!

  82. leighehmann October 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM #

    Absolutely STUNNING! Love it 🙂

  83. ururu5 October 13, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

    spectacular

  84. Pete Buckley October 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM #

    Hi Todd and Veronika – how much did I enjoy reading that? I guess that area’s one of my favorite anywhere and you picked a great route. Some awesome photos too. By the way – hope you do get to NZ – it’s a long way from anywhere but worth it!

    • treubold October 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM #

      Thanks! We sure hope to make it to NZ, too!!!

  85. aspandare October 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM #

    Great Photos

  86. whereisacacia October 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM #

    Beautiful pictures! Grindelwald is one of my favorite places in the world… what a stunning hike. Thanks for sharing!

  87. tandreit October 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM #

    I enjoy reading about of all your adventures, but this is very nice. You make my day:).I hope that in one day i will visit “Mordor”

  88. tendersandtrails October 13, 2011 at 1:55 PM #

    Beautiful pictures!

  89. gatehouse13 October 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM #

    What absolutely fabulous pictures – thanks for brightening my afternoon! There’s something so special about being up in the mountains especially in that wonderful region.

  90. Andrew M Bashwinger October 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM #

    You certainly earned those desserts in the end. Amazing photos, glad you had such an adventure!

  91. G October 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM #

    I agree with your cousin 😀

    Hi I am a LOTR fan and thanks for making the fantasy a reality. Just reading about your experience makes me tingle! The sights are beautiful.. those alpine lakes look delicious.

  92. siemprenaccion October 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM #

    Interesting, and inspiring!

  93. Personal Concerns October 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM #

    wonderful!

  94. Paul and/or Jennifer Dare October 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM #

    wow wow wow! The Heavens (and mountains!!) declare the glory of God! What a fantastic adventure! Thank you for sharing it with all of us and congrats for getting put on “freshly pressed!”

  95. lizzie mcmizzie October 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM #

    these are SUCH gorgeous photos and sounds like an incredible – and ringwraith-free! – journey 🙂

  96. Mark bulahao October 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM #

    I’m envious of your adventures.

  97. Chandra S Sherin October 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM #

    Gorgeous photos! The rock pile at the peak is so cool.

  98. asoulwalker October 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM #

    Great pics. I also feel more at home in the mountains. Cheers.

  99. meganchapple October 13, 2011 at 3:08 PM #

    Beautiful photos. I would really like to do a trek soon. My boyfriend climbs mountains all the time and we really want to walk up Snowdon together. Looks like you guys had a great time so I really want to go now.

  100. I Made You A Mixtape October 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM #

    Seriously! You are like living in a postcard!

  101. netstuffed October 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM #

    The pictures are simply stunning. The landscape looks so fresh and clean. Unbelievable.

  102. gaycarboys October 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM #

    looks wonderful but hard work makes me break out in hives LOL

  103. INDIATRIPPING.COM October 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM #

    Amazing photographs, would love to trek there once!

  104. Trivi October 13, 2011 at 4:12 PM #

    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing. Keep blogging and safe travels!
    -Trivi

  105. Stourbridge Lion October 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM #

    CONGRADS on making to the top!

  106. Livant Enterprises October 13, 2011 at 4:27 PM #

    I did not know that bare rock mountains could be that visually spectacular! That almost inspires me to stop being an urban walker and go for the natural landscape… my only problem is my lack of sense of direction. I’d better stick to the cities.

  107. Harold October 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM #

    A nice read and great shots! Congrats on being FP!

  108. niasunset October 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM #

    This is so beautiful, congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. I am so glad to find you and to read your beautiful adventures of your trek. Amazing photographs. Thank you, for you both. With my love, nia

  109. daleshafer October 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM #

    Beautiful pictures – mountains as fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  110. Mormon Soprano October 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM #

    What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing your photos so I could trek to Mordor vicariously. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! – MoSop

  111. toemailer October 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM #

    We would love to post the 6th photo up, from the bottom, at toemail if you do not mind?

    We’d just need confirmation on the name of the town that you would like us to post for this one … Grindelwald or?

    http://toemail.wordpress.com

    • treubold October 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM #

      Sure, why not. Yes, it’s Grindelwald, Switzerland.

  112. Heidi October 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM #

    Went there with Frau Newberg for German Club years ago, too. Looks amazing still.

    • treubold October 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM #

      Went there my first time with her, too. So cool!

  113. toemailer October 14, 2011 at 12:47 AM #

    Your photo is posted now and we hope you like it. Thanks very much. We really appreciate it!

  114. Max E. October 14, 2011 at 2:31 AM #

    Very Very cool! Next time you should try hiking actual Mordor and go to New Zealand where they filmed it!!

  115. stellycious stella October 14, 2011 at 3:31 AM #

    Envy you for the Alpine lake. 🙂

  116. amandapoverseas October 14, 2011 at 4:11 AM #

    Sounds like a difficult but awesome journey. Great photos!

  117. 277roshan October 14, 2011 at 8:36 AM #

    Would love to travel to those land of fantasy of LOTR!!Did you find any orcs? 😉

  118. ela83 October 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM #

    love it! spectacular photos ^^, hope someday i could find someone to travel too! hoping to see/read more from you guys ^^,

  119. Pearl Swords October 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM #

    Amazing photos !!!!!

  120. letempspasse October 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM #

    I am in awe. What incredible photos you took ! Amazing scenery. Thank you for sharing ! So are you heading to Everest or K2 next? 😉

  121. wenhuachan October 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM #

    Stunning view

  122. vegburger October 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM #

    Great pix!!

  123. Dean Bowman October 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM #

    Wow! Simply stunning.

  124. Rustic Recluse October 16, 2011 at 10:43 AM #

    I love this post! Especially the picture of Lake Bachalpsee… Indeed LOTR-like! I’d recently returned from my trip to NZ and it really is a paradise!

  125. Helen War October 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM #

    Wow, what gorgeous photos! I went to New Zealand this year, to another part of Mordor… the Alpine Crossing there is just as crazy in winter and so beautiful.

  126. bfreeman0 October 16, 2011 at 3:19 PM #

    Would love to do something like that sometime, sadly the area around me is pretty flat.
    So will have to trek up to Scotland for some hiking 🙂

  127. mpitsch October 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM #

    I’m jealous! *adding something new on my to-do list*

  128. agnes mianti October 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM #

    amazing!!

  129. clearlyhomemade October 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM #

    Man, I would love to go on a such a hike! The view looks spectacular, and your pictures are amazing! 🙂 The dessert doesn’t look bad either! 😉

  130. GOactivities October 18, 2011 at 8:51 AM #

    These are such stunning images. (And the cake…Well that looks too good.) Really set us up to do a blog ourselves on here one day! (After we have conquered the UK!) 🙂

  131. newdelhihotels123 October 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM #

    Amazing shots. I think you have enjoyed very well.

  132. natashajaynedomain October 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM #

    Such wonderful photos! And such an amazing adventure! I look forward to seeing more of your exciting adventures 🙂

  133. idolizethemind October 19, 2011 at 1:46 AM #

    Love this! 😉 Keep up the good work and ill keep following you!!

    -Chris Styles

    http://www.idolizejournal.com

  134. Kelly October 19, 2011 at 10:58 PM #

    Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful! I just might have to add it to my own list.

  135. Adriano October 20, 2011 at 1:23 AM #

    are very beautiful places, one day I will visit him

  136. dannywiebe October 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

    wow- amazing pictures! thanks for sharing!

  137. trialsinfood October 24, 2011 at 7:07 PM #

    amazing!

  138. Lången November 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM #

    I don’t think ill be trying it any time soon, but it looks amazing

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