Next up in our “Global Rescue Members in Action” series is “In the Spirit of Adventure” photo contest finalist Brandon Riza, who travelled to the Pennine Alps of Switzerland. Brandon’s testimonial about this trip to the top of the world and the snowy sky landscape follows below. Congratulations, Brandon. Global Rescue hopes to accompany you on many gorgeous ascents to come.
Brandon Riza: Photo Location: 45.981322° 7.761510° 9285ft
“This photo was shot near the summit of the Riffelhorn, above the Gornergletscher in the Pennine Alps of Switzerland near Zermatt. My wife and I traveled to the French and Swiss Alps to climb Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Aiguille du Tour and some others.
“On one of our rest days, during our stay in Zermatt, we decided to take the train up to Riffelalp and get in some rock climbing on the Riffelhorn. This photo was just me taking in the amazing view.
“We ended up getting rained and hailed on, rappelling and down-climbing with wet rocks and soggy snow in our climbing shoes. Perfect day.
“Our trip to the Alps was amazing, as it was our first time climbing large objectives together, and her first time on big glacier climbs. I planned out all the climbing logistics and she handled the travel details, and we did it from different sides of the International Date Line, as she was living in New Zealand at the time and I was in Los Angeles.”
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