Showing posts with label Switzerland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Switzerland. Show all posts

Video: Enduring the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Trail Run

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is considered one of the toughest trail running events in the entire world, drawing hundreds of competitors from across the globe on an annual basis. In this fantastic short documentary we get an inside look at that race courtesy of our friends at Columbia Sportswear and Teton Gravity Research. As with most long-distance endurance events, the race is a blend of agony and joy, with runners pushing themselves to their absolute physical limits over the course of the 103-mile (165 km) route. Along the way they pass through three different countries – France, Italy and Switzerland – as they take on some of the toughest and most beautiful terrain the Europe has to offer. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Video: The Matterhorn in Timelapse

Recently, Red Bull TV launched a new web series called The Horn that follows a team of aerial search and rescue first responders in the Alps that operate near and on the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic mountains in the world. In preparation for that series, filmmaker Andrew Geraci shot a tremendous amount of timelapse footage of the mountain. Some of his best shots have been compiled into this 3+ minute long clip that gives us a beautiful view of this spectacular alpine setting. This is the Matterhorn like you've never seen it before. Sit back, soak it all in, and enjoy.

30 Epic Timelapses of the Matterhorn in 4k | Red Bull TV's The Horn from Red Bull on Vimeo.

Video: Speedflying Through the Swiss Alps

We return to the Swiss Alps again today for another mountain adventure. This time we go speedflying in the mountains with paraglider Jamie Lee launching himself off a high cliff and zooming down the side of a mountain. Of course, it's all captured using his GoPro camera, which gives us a first person view of the action. For me, these videos are fun to watch, but not something I'm eager to try myself. I'll let others make the videos while I just post 'em!

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Video: Autumn in the Swiss Alps

Take a trip to the Swiss Alps courtesy of this short video, which sends us on a "microadventure" in this utterly spectacular part of the world. With the changing of the seasons comes a splash of color to the scenery, with some amazing shots that allow to almost feel the crisp fall air. This is one beautiful video and a great reminder that autumn is a wonderful season just about everywhere.

Autumn Microadventure in Swiss Alps from Filips Baumanis on Vimeo.

Video: The Art of Climbing

This video takes us to the Rätikon Mountains of Switzerland where we join professional climber Kilian Fischuber ons a tough route known as Headless Children. As he makes just the second free climb of this mutli-ptich 250-meter (820 ft) wall, he begins to see an intersection of his two passions, climbing and art. On this wall, he sees colors that are not unlike a painting, adding a surreal element to the entire experience.

Video: BASE Jumping Through the Clouds in Switzerland

BASE jumping can be a scary enough proposition on its own, but throw in some clouds and it gets even more difficult. That's what skydiver Felix Lorentzen and friends discovered when they made a recent jump in the mountains of Switzerland. Putting aside their trepidation they decided to go for it anyway, and the result is the video below. After all, they knew that the ground had to be down below them somewhere. Right?

Video: Mountain Biking the Albula Haute Route in Switzerland

If you're in need of three-and-a-half minutes of pure mountain biking porn, this video will be just what you're looking for. It takes us to the Albula Valley of Switzerland to ride the Haute Route there, with some stunning scenery serving as a dramatic backdrop. This is the kind of ride that mountain bikers live for, with beautiful single track, snowcapped peaks overhead, and lush forest all around.

Trail Tales - Episode 02: Albula Haute Route from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

Video: Night Skiing with Flares

We've seen some interesting ski videos over the years, but this one ranks near the top. It follows Greg Tuscher and Nicolas Vuignier as they take to the backcountry in Wallis, Switzerland to ski at night using nothing but emergency flares to light their way. The shadows that are cast on the surrounding landscapes make for a unique look to say the least.

Video: Tempus Fugit - Time Flies in this Timelapse Video

Shot in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and California, Utah, Washington and Oregon in the U.S., this video takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes at those destinations to show us how they look in an amazing timelapse fashion. This is four minutes of incredible beauty that shouldn't be missed. A perfect way to wrap up the week.

TEMPUS FUGIT 2 from Dr. Nicholas Roemmelt on Vimeo.

Video: Mountain Biking in the Shadow of the Eiger

This is the third – and final – video in Teton Gravity Research's Single Track Sweden series, this time taking us back to that fabulous country to mountain bike in the shadow of the Eiger, one of the most iconic mountains in the entire world. As in the other videos of the series, we're treated to fantastic scenery, great looking trails, and amazing riding. Now I'm ready to go to Switzerland and ride a mountain bike too.

Video: Freeriding Awesome Mountain Bike Trails in Switzerland

In this video, we return to the Alps with our friends from Teton Gravity Research for the second episode of their "Singletrack Switzerland" series. Once again, we're treated to breathtaking scenery and some awesome looking trails that hint at the amazing riding that can be found in the mountains of Switzerland. After watching this, I know I'd sure like to go there myself.

Video: Singletrack Switzerland - Mountain Biking in Zermatt

This beautiful video comes our way courtesy of our friends over at Teton Gravity Research, who traveled to Switzerland to capture some of the most amazing mountain biking trails that are available there. As you would expect, the landscapes are dramatic and breathtaking, the riding is unreal, and the sense of scale is unprecedented. This is the first of a three part series from TGR, which always delivers outstanding outdoor adventure films. Don't miss this one, it is well worth your time, whether you enjoy mountain biking or not.

Video: Traveling Overland From Switzerland to Mongolia

This amazing video was shot on what must have been an epic road trip from Switzerland to Mongolia. Along the way, the filmmakers captured thousands of fantastic images as they passed through  Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Russia. The landscapes the discovered along the way will leave you breathless, and inspire a healthy dose of wanderlust too. This is what overland travel is all about, and it is utterly spectacular.

Latitude 45 - Switzerland to Mongolia from Milo Zanecchia on Vimeo.

Video: Flying a Drone Through a Crevasse

There is no question that personal drones have been one of the real game changers for filmmakers over the past few years, but now these small flying machines are starting to see use elsewhere. Aside from the idea of using drones to deliver packages, they are now being employed in a number of other interesting ways, including mountain rescue operations. In this video, we see an experimentation flight, during which a drone was flown into a crevasse to explore the ways it could be used to search for missing climbers or skiers. The test footage was shot by a company called Flyability, who was working in conjunction with the mountain rescue team in Zermatt, Switzerland. As you'll see, there are still some fine control aspects that need to be worked out, but the drone does indeed give us an inside view of the crevasse itself.

Video: Autumn in the Alps

Shot in Switzerland, this video takes us high into the Alps to enjoy the colors of autumn. The brightly colored trees stand in stark contrast to the snowcapped peaks and pristine alpine lakes. This is a wonderful glimpse at this beautiful part of the world as it begins the transition to winter. And if you look closely, you'll even spot a few of truly iconic mountains that the Alps are so well known for.

And when you're ready to explore those peaks more closely, Mountain Travel Sobek offers an excellent opportunity to do just that with a hike along the famous Haute Route. The 12-day itinerary takes trekkers through the Alps from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. Mountains just don't get more iconic than that.

autumn larches 4K from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.

Video: Should Mountains Be Turned Into Amusement Parks?

Should mountains be turned into amusement parks? That is exactly what this video asks, and is what some villages in Switzerland are struggling with at the moment. In order to lure visitors, a number of alpine locations have installed new attractions, some of which take away from the natural landscape in favor of other types of experiences. As you'll see, not all of them are what we would like to see in these settings. But the struggle between economic viability and preserving the environment is tough to resolve, and there are places all over the planet facing similar challenges.

Thanks to Dick Morris for sharing this clip!

Video: Switzerland in Timelapse and 4K

With all of my regular postings about the Himalaya, Andes, and other far flung places it is often easy to forget just how beautiful Europe can be as well. This video is a good reminder. Shot in the southern Swiss Alps, it is a timelapse video that captures the landscapes landscapes found there in dramatic fashion. Sit back and enjoy, this one is definitely worth the trip.

Switzerland 4K | Timelapse from One Lidless Eye on Vimeo.

Swiss Mountain Runner Bags Five Peaks in Record Time

Swiss mountain runner Andreas Steindl has set an impressive new record in the Alps. A few days back, the 26-year old endurance athlete and mountaineer managed to bag the summit of five different 4000 meter (13,123 ft) peaks on his way from Zermatt to Saas-Fee in a stunning time of just 7 hours and 45 minutes.

Steindl's quest began in the church square in Zermatt and ended the church square in Saas-Fee. In-between he ran a route that crossed the summits of Alphubel (4206 m/13,799 ft), Täschhorn (4491m/14,734 ft), Dom (4545 m/14,911 ft), Lenzspitze (4294 m/14,087 ft), and Nadelhorn (4327m/14,196 ft). His sub-8 hour time ended up being 77 minutes faster than his previous record along this route.

The video below captures the run and gives you an idea of what Andreas was up against. This was no easy run in the mountains by any means, requiring speed, strength, and sure footing to achieve his goal. Watching these mountain runners go about their business never gets old, as they are indeed some of the best athletes in the world today.


Video: Extreme Athletes Ski and Climb Seven 4000 Meter Peaks in 24 Hours

Speed skiing is a sport that is gaining in popularity, particularly in the Alps in Europe. Recently a pair of extreme athletes – Beni Hug and Tony Sbalbi – decided to test their skills by speed climbing and skiing seven 4000 meter peaks in a single day, setting a new record in the process. Over the course of the day, they climbed an amazing 7000 meters (22,965 ft), as they chained together a route that passed over ten total mountains, including the famous Moench and Jungrau peaks in Switzerland. The video below gives us a brief look at what turned out to be a very long day. As you'll see, it was exhausting work.

Video: The Moonriders of Zermatt

We seem to have a theme going with our videos today - mountain biking and Zermatt, Switzerland. In this beautiful short clip a pair of riders head out on fat tire bikes to ride in the mountains above Zermatt on an evening that is lit by a bright, full moon. The images they captured were spectacular, and it looks like an amazing time to go for a ride. For those that don't know, Zermatt is one of Europe's best outdoor playgrounds, with plenty of climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and other activities. I never would have thought to go riding there at night, but this looks amazing.

Moonriders from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.