Alpine Switzerland

Wow, it's been a whirlwind of a month! I started out exploring the monasteries on the cliff sides of Meteora, then boarded the Sea Cloud to sail the Greek Isles and make our way up north through Albania, Montenegro, and finally ending up in Croatia. After three weeks on board the most luxurious and stunning sailing ship in the world, I headed to Switzerland where I spent three weeks hiking through the alpine in search of the most beautiful locations for filming and photography.

 I spent the majority of my time in Zermatt - a quaint mountain town tucked high up in the mountains with a breathtaking view of the east face of the Matterhorn. I spent my days hiking and biking from one small village to the next in search of the most picturesque views, covering anywhere from 5 to 20 miles in a day. I was extremely fortunate to make friends with several charismatic people along the way, many of whom were amazing skiers, bikers, paragliders, and overall skilled outdoor enthusiasts. I took advantage of these new connections by filming them as often as possible, and trying to capture unique footage that would represent Zermatt at it's best. 

 It was a painstaking process trying to bring all my equipment with me on this adventure, as I wanted to collect footage in a number of ways (still photos, timelapse, video, aerials). With about 70 pounds of gear, it was no easy task talking myself into waking up before sunrise to hike miles in the freezing cold and set up for a single shot that would probably only comprise of five to ten seconds in the overall video. Not only that, but sometimes it's a complete bust... I just have to remind myself that in the end, it will all be worth it. And it always is. 

So without further adieu, please enjoy the video compilation I put together from my time in Switzerland, followed by a few of my favorite shots from the trip. Enjoy!



Sunrise looking over the Matterhorn. This was a very special morning - the only day in my three week trip where it snowed. Down in Zermatt, which is tucked in a valley, it was cloudy and overcast. It looked like the weather was going to be poor for the day, but I trekked up to this location in hopes of summiting over the clouds that were hanging low around town. To my surprise, the weather started to clear just as the sun came up, revealing one of the most spectacular sunrises I'd ever seen. And without another soul on the mountain at that time (everybody else probably looked out their window and decided to sleep in upon seeing the poor weather) it was a magical experience. 

Sunrise looking over the Matterhorn. This was a very special morning - the only day in my three week trip where it snowed. Down in Zermatt, which is tucked in a valley, it was cloudy and overcast. It looked like the weather was going to be poor for the day, but I trekked up to this location in hopes of summiting over the clouds that were hanging low around town. To my surprise, the weather started to clear just as the sun came up, revealing one of the most spectacular sunrises I'd ever seen. And without another soul on the mountain at that time (everybody else probably looked out their window and decided to sleep in upon seeing the poor weather) it was a magical experience. 

Another beautiful sunrise, overlooking the Matterhorn

Another beautiful sunrise, overlooking the Matterhorn

There is a reason why this is one of the most picturesque mountains in the world. Half the time, however, it is enveloped in clouds, which can create some dramatic scenes!

There is a reason why this is one of the most picturesque mountains in the world. Half the time, however, it is enveloped in clouds, which can create some dramatic scenes!

Made a quick visit to the Eiger, and couldn't resist posting a shot of the milky way rising over another one of the most iconic mountains in all of Europe. 

Made a quick visit to the Eiger, and couldn't resist posting a shot of the milky way rising over another one of the most iconic mountains in all of Europe.