The green side of Switzerland
Top Swiss summer experiences
As the sun starts to distance itself from the southern states of Australia and dark evenings edge ever closer, the Swiss Alps are throwing back their winter doona and emerging with a great green grin, welcoming active travellers to a world of verdant adventures.
It seems such a waste, in so many ways, that many outdoor-orientated explorers only venture into the embrace of Switzerland’s mountains when they’re all tucked up under a blanket of snow.
The country has some of the planet’s premier skiing, no doubt about it, but some of the best fun comes when the sun melts the white stuff and the frozen crystals turn to cold cascades, crashing down canyons and beautifying already stunning cycling and trekking trails with waterfalls such as Staubbachfall and the rumbling, tumbling Trümmelbach.
Each spring Switzerland reveals its not-so-secret bank account of green-season adventures – a tidy fortune spread across some 60,000km of backcountry trails. There are myriad ways to enjoy this newly hatched wonderland – in the saddle or with a paddle, helmeted and hanging from a rope in the fold of a canyon or flying high upon the alpine thermals beneath a bluebird sky – but all you really need is a pair of boots, maybe a map, and a willingness to go wandering about.
Following are some seeds of inspiration to be sown into your diary, for intended flowering in the lazy, hazy days of the early summer up in the Northern Hemisphere: plant them in the reach of full sun and sprinkle with a little gla-
Autumn evening mood on the Susten Pass.