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Alone on the Matterhorn

Matterhorn Mountain Climbing Guides

When people ask me “When is the best time for the Matterhorn?” I always answer "it's impossible to say".  Spring can be too snowy on the Hörnli ridge and you get snow storms into the start of summer. Mid-summer has frequent thunderstorms which are quite unpredictable and are extremely hazardous on the Matterhorn, so you have to get up and…

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Abendgrat

Summit Of The Obergabelhorn

With all the mountain lift and trains in the Swiss Alps during peak season you'd think it was hard to escape the crowds. Surprisingly this is not the case. An example is a trip Monika and I did in late July.  Having a couple of days off together and a good weather forecast we headed to Zermatt in the Wallis…

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Gelmerhörner Traverse,  Bernese Oberland

Lake Bernese Oberland

My friend Ido and I had talked about this route a while ago. We finally had the chance to do it few weeks ago. On our drive there we could spot the two summits from a distance. The one hour hike up the hill is quite pretty.  There are many colourful flowers, streams, waterfalls and the turquoise lake. After you…

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Summit Season underway

Climbing The Moench

Summer is well underway here in the Bernese Oberland of the Swiss Alps.  We have had great weather to start the alpine climbing season with the driest June in over a hundred years.  July has had great climbing conditions and I have been able to guide ascents on the classic three summits of Mönch, Jungfrau and the Eiger.  This is unusually…

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Lake Oeschinen with Alpine Roses

Oeschinen Lake

The summer is here in the Swiss Alps, many stunning flowers are in full bloom. On my last hike to Lake Oeschinen I was fortunate to see the bright pink Alpine Roses. This is a beautiful area and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jungfrau Aletsch.  Lake Oeschenen is a great starting point for hikes to…

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Ueschenen multi-pitch sportclimbing

Ueschenen Multi-pitch Sportclimbing

If I was to describe the biggest difference between the Swiss Alps and the mountains of my home in New Zealand, I would say “access”.  Access for rock climbing and mountains is so much faster here.  Roads, lifts and better hiking tracks allow you to get to a greater variety of things in a shorter time. The day after Monika…

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Blüemlisalp – a famous traverse in the Bernese Oberland

Morgenhorn, Bernese Alps

Summer is here in the Bernese Oberland with the flowers out and hot summer weather.  Fittingly we did a trip to the Blüemlisalp (Flowers Alp) area.  The classic Morgenhorn - Blüemlisalphorn traverse has been on my list for a long time so it was great to check out this area in summer as it is a good ski touring spot too.…

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Monte Rosa Massif on Skis

Matterhorn Sunrise

The Wallis (or Valias in the French speaking part) is also quite close to here and in mid May we took advantage of some good weather in that area. Monika and I did a personal trip, traveling to Zermatt and then to the Monte Rosa Hut.  We caught the Klein Matterhorn lift up to 3800m before skiing over towards the…

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Welcome to Alpine Dreams

Heading Up The Clariden

Hi Everyone and a very warm welcome. It is fitting that is spring time here in Switzerland as our website and business is now up and running.  Monika and I have spent most of our lives chasing our dreams and have been lucky enough to achieve many of the them.  The only problem is as soon as you summit one…

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Eiger to Edelweiss in the Bernese Oberland

Climbing Swiss Alps

Tim Robertson and his partner Monika Bischof have launched “Alpine Dreams”,  offering a comprehensive alpine guiding service for the Bernese Oberland from their base in Interlaken, Switzerland. Tim is a highly qualified mountain and ski guide, while Monika is a skilled rock climber, hiker and professional florist. Their goal is to help you share their wonderful alpine environment, to live…

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