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Winter Climbing in Switzerland - Phillip Schaal

 
Winter Climbing in Switzerland - Phillip Schaal
Winter Climbing in Switzerland - Phillip Schaal
Winter Climbing in Switzerland - Phillip Schaal
Winter Climbing in Switzerland - Phillip Schaal
 
February 23, 2012 - 
 

After arriving in Switzerland to one of the “coldest,” European week in many years, We were faced with a lot of snow to deal with.  The snow and the cold did not put us off.  We spent the first few days cleaning the snow of boulders, and climbing what we could.  Funny how cold is interpreted depending on where you are from. It was cold when I arrived no doubt.  But to hear the locals say “the coldest,” reminded me of how cold the winters are in The States.  Soon enough the weather started to warm up, and now I am even a bit nervous about it becoming too warm.

 

So besides explaining how great the climbing is here in Switzerland, which anyone who follows bouldering must all ready know.  I think the food may be better.  I grew up with a swiss father, needless to say, an array of Swiss cheeses were always common staples.  I’ve found myself on a diet of basically that, meat and Swiss cheese.  Of course fresh bread and maybe some veggies for a little variety.  

Climbing is going ok too.  Just into my third week here but without any real hard climbing done so far, I’m getting ready to start cooking something up at the boulders.  I mean I’ve climbed a number of amazing problems in the 8a range but now after a few rest days I’m starting to feel ready for something harder.  Hopefully all amazing food will not distract me too much!

Photo credit: John Butters
 

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