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Switzerland is Flat! (…sort of): Exploring the Plateau region

November 9, 2012

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When North Americans imagine the Swiss countryside we tend to conjure up images of jagged, snowy peaks and high alpine meadows dotted with cows and traditional wooden chalets. Parts of Switzerland are like that, for sure, but did you know that a large part of the country is FLAT? (OK … sort of). Lausanne, where […]

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Col de Joux Plane – Col-hunting in the French Alps

October 24, 2012

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I am writing today’s post with very mixed feelings. I want tell you how excited I was to complete an ascent to the historic Col de Joux Plane on my road bike last week, a climb that has been featured 11 times in the Tour de France and that is known as one of the […]

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Climbing in Chamonix and Aosta!

October 7, 2012

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Back in mid-September Emma and Lachlan went on trips with the International School of Lausanne, and Kathryn flew to China on business, so I took advantage of the freedom to steal away for a few days of climbing in Chamonix, France, which is about 90 minutes south of Lausanne. Chamonix is pretty much the Mecca […]

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Dent de Jaman (6151ft) – an easy scramble

September 8, 2012

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This week marked my first venture into the mountains above Montreux to do some hiking and scrambling. I have a climbing trip planned for next week with some potential to climb at altitude (up to 12-15,000ft or over 4000m), so I was looking to spend some time hiking and scrambling at elevation. The peaks around […]

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My first epic ride – the Col de Jaman

September 5, 2012

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If you are not a cycling geek, feel free to stop reading now, as this post may not interest you much. I am just going to describe my first experience with tackling a bona fide mountain ascent in the Alps on my road bike. One of my goals while living here is to ride as […]

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New beginnings Part I: “le Foot feminin” and “American football”

August 31, 2012

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The last few days here in Switzerland have been full of new beginnings for us. After spending much of the last two weeks holed up in our apartment in Vevey (vainly trying to get two grumpy kids excited about our surroundings) our new life began to take shape as we: enrolled Emma and Lachlan in […]

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Cycling in the Lavaux wine region

August 30, 2012

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One of the things that I was most looking forward to in moving to Switzerland was the availability of world class road cycling routes, particularly in the Alps and the area surrounding Lake Geneva. In my previous visits I was particularly excited by the prospect of cycling through the vineyards of the Lavaux wine region, […]

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