toodleoo: (Toodleoo)
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Blargh. I'll (likely) be in the UK in late July for a conference, and the cheap flight I'm finding to that particular continent drops me off in Zurich. Zurich.

Is it worth it to take the cheap flight and attempt the 9ish-day Haute Route hike through the Alps en route to England? I still need to finagle a way from Chamonix to Oxford.

Switzerland is just so flipping expensive, and I'm a frugal Nellie.

But it's the Matterhorn.

Decisions, decisions...

Date: 2017-03-02 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I've no clue but it sure looks and sounds like fun.

Date: 2017-03-03 02:55 am (UTC)
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I'm never quite as at home anywhere as I am on a mountain. Glacier National Park has long held my heart, since I hiked it all through my childhood and now adulthood. Switzerland seems to be the next best thing, just trading out mountain goats for chamois. :)

Date: 2017-03-02 10:08 pm (UTC)
dhw: (darkheartwalsh)
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Zurich? Could you perhaps get a cheap flight to Spain or Amsterdam and then head to the UK from there, as Spain-UK and Amsterdam-UK flights are stupidly cheap?

(disclaimer: I've no idea where you're actually coming from)

Also, pretty mountain!

Date: 2017-03-03 02:54 am (UTC)
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I've been scouring Ryanair and the like for route maps... I think when I leave Oxford, I'll fly Ryanair via Basel, and just hop the train over to Zurich. The real question is Chamonix. But then I think, 'Well, I'll be close-ish to Geneva, so maybe find a connection from there to London?' We shall see!

My option B is just biting the bullet and paying a little more for a flight direct to the UK. I've long had a weird fascination with Alfred Wainwright, and his Pennine Way guide has been burning a hole on my library shelf forever and a day. If I don't hike the Mont Blanc-Matterhorn route, I'll likely tackle the Pennine.
Edited Date: 2017-03-03 02:59 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-03 06:23 pm (UTC)
dhw: (darkheartwalsh)
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I hate trying to plan journeys. It's always so difficult rooting out the best connections. Plus Oxford can actually be quite a pain to get to, depending on where you're coming from. *sigh*

As for walking the Pennine Way, I can totally recommend it (I'm originally from up that way, so I know some parts of it quite well). I love the areas around Malham and the Yorkshire dales. You should also pass pretty near Kielder, if you do the top end near the borders. I cannot recommend spending an evening at Kielder Obervatory enough. It is AMAZING!

There's always the coast to coast and the Lakes if you are a Wainwright fan and wanted to head up that far. =)

Date: 2017-03-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the C2C was what turned me on Wainwright in the first place! I love the hand-drawn maps. It feels like only yesterday I was climbing over Striding Edge, landing in Grasmere with blisters on my feet and Kendal mint cake in my pocket. I think I devoured an entire packet of Sarah Nelson's gingerbread in under 5 minutes.

Malham Cove looks phenomenal! Oooh... So does the Kielder Observatory. I love dark skies. (If you're ever in the U.S., Bryce Canyon in Utah is my favorite stargazing place.)

I just bought my transatlantic flight to Zurich, and I've got 10 days to use for hiking somewhere. I'm still leaning towards the Alps, but we shall see! I've got to start chatting with family and friends with Switzerland connections to figure out the nitty gritty. It's just annoying to have to pay Switzerland prices, especially since I was just in Portugal paying next to nothing for everything.... and I'm thrifty.
Edited Date: 2017-03-03 08:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-03 12:09 am (UTC)
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I'm absolutely no help at all, but I'm envious that you will be in Europe. Hope you will be able to write off expenses as work related, if anything.

Date: 2017-03-03 02:57 am (UTC)
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Oh, totally work-related. I do love puttering through Europe, and it'll be good to pull out my German skills and brush them off again.

Word: In my family, we literally sang songs while we hiked. I am one of THOSE people. I am so happy on a mountain!

Date: 2017-03-03 01:50 am (UTC)
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I am the angel on your shoulder in hiking boots whispering,"Gooooooooooooo! Do eeeeeeeeeet!" How exciting!

Date: 2017-03-03 02:59 am (UTC)
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I love me some mountains! Perhaps I'll learn to yodel this time around. :)


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