- Published: Friday, 10 July 2015 12:31
- Written by Dan
Nestled in the heart of Western Europe and surrounded by an awe-inspiring mountain landscape, Switzerland is the ultimate embodiment of alpine environment and culture.
At 41,285 square kilometres this serene confederacy, while geographically small, manages to encompass some of the most visually spectacular alpine scenery on Earth. From the Central Plateau and Jura Mountains to the west, the Swiss Alps to the south and the mesmerizing Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site to the east, Switzerland is without doubt a powerful illustration of nature’s artistic tendencies.
Switzerland’s rugged mountain landscapes, rich alpine history (inventor of the bobsleigh, by the way) and position as a mixing channel of German, French and Italian cultures makes it a must-experience bucket-list destination for any alpine minded adventurer. Uncovering the geographic and cultural wonders of this elevated utopia may even shed some light on the essence of its relatively peaceful history.
With more than 200 enormous glacier-capped mountains that stretch over 3,000 metres high, sprawling emerald green plateaus, rustic alpine villages and sparkling azure lakes, you can be certain that almost anywhere you go in Switzerland will be visually impressive.
Our team will be departing from Montreal and Vancouver on Edelweiss Airlines. For this expedition we’ve decided that trekking with some running is the most dramatic way to illustrate Switzerland’s stunning alpine beauty—that way too we’ll have all the time we need to explore the intricacies, mysteries and allure of the mountain culture in this amazing part of the planet.
MEC Gear Spotlight
Super-lightweight Soft Shell
Being able to move fast while staying protected from the elements is an important consideration for any adventure and having a jacket that helps with both the wind and the rain is a must. Whether running, climbing, hiking, biking or skiing, it is a great addition to your layering. Super light-weight and breathable the MEC Farpoint Jacket protects against light rain and cool winds; a great option for any adventure.
Pictured: Farpoint Shell Jacket
From the MEC Jacket Collection
Streamline Alpine Pack
The View From Here expeditions have brought me to some pretty incredible places and awarded me spectacular views. The views don’t always come easy and working hard for them is part of the journey. Helping me get there has been the MEC AlpineLite 35 backpack. As a medium sized pack it offers enough space to pack for almost any day adventure and even lite overnight trips. The back panel, hip belt and lid can all be removed, making it an even lighter pack when the situation calls for it. It has dual ice-axe holders, a hydration pocket, daisy chains and a floating lid with two zippered pockets, which makes it one the most versatile packs on the market.
Pictured: AlpineLite 35 Backpack
From the MEC Backpack Collection
Working hard while playing in the outdoors is one of life’s greatest joys and doing so while staying comfortable is always a bonus. The MEC Kestrel Short and Long-sleeve do exactly that, they function as an effective layer for hiking, climbing and even walking in town. The MEC Kestrel shirts are quick drying and comfortable making it easy to go from hard working trails to casual dinners in town. Made with a combination of wool and spandex they are designed for performance.
Pictured: Kestrel T Shirt
From the MEC T Shirt Collection
Built for Adventure
Traveling through Switzerland can often mean going from high alpine mountain towns to 12th century cobblestoned streets in the same day. Being able to transition between those two different environments makes what can often be cumbersome travel into comfortable travel. The Mission Ridge pantsare perfect for doing exactly that; going from mountain village to urban center. Made with organic cotton, polyester and spandex they are comfortable, durable and easy to move in. Built for traveling, these are a great addition to any trip.
Pictured: Mission Ridge Pants
From the MEC Pants Collection
Our travels through Switzerland will require us to hike, trek, run and explore to fully experience the country's alpine beauty. As always, since quality, durability and ease of use is a primary consideration for this project we will be using MEC as our supplier of choice.