melissa i strong
rock climber, writer, photographer, working on life daily
For years I've dreamt about visiting the granite blocks in Switzerland and now it is finally happening. I am very grateful for these 51 days in this beautiful land! Feb 27-April 19 2015!
Leaving Estes Park, CO
Left: layover in Newark, NJ
Above: somewhere over France
Right: flying over the Alps
Views from around our apartment in Claro, Switzerland
First day leaving the boulders in Cresciano, Swizerland
Above: (knock on wood frirst and only rainy day so far--making the best of it in Cresciano on La Pelle
Below: Afternoon in Lugano
Below: Day one in Chiroinco
Layla Mammi & Line warming up
Adam on Les Doisgts Verts
Learning the lay of the land--Chironico
Far left: Adam sizing up Supersize Me
AboveL Line on The Aviator
Right & below: Me working out the moves on Il Volo Del Colibri
Far right: Adam working out Souvenir
Layla Mammi working out the moves on Il Volo Del Colibri
Below: Lunch date in St Moritz, Switzerland
Picture by Chris Fenxelino
Bellinzona castle day complete with gelatto!
Grindelwald--attempting to see th Eiger.
The boys attempting Freak Brothers, Chironico Switzerland
Rothner looking small on the sit to Confessions of a Crap Artist (after flashing the stand). Chironico
above: swiss tree work sighs
far right: me on power ranger
right: Adam on Le Pilier
bleow: swiss rooftop
below: one try too many
far right: Tabea Schwab Le Pilier
right: Adam on Komilator
above: very excited i can still heel hook on this one--Les Doigts Verts
far right: Stillhearts
bleow: bleow springtime
screen grab from Rothner sending Freak Brothers
Change of scenery and a dream trip! Here is a view from our window in the junior suite at the Villa Tiboldi in Piedmont! Above, left and below are all scenes from Villa Tiboldi.
Above: Aging Barberesca in Australian big barrels at Albino Rocca
Below: Their bottling machine
Right: out booty at this point minus the wine we already drank
Left, right, and below all La Spinetta
Right: after getting totally lost and missing a tasting appointment we stopped here at Fratelli Sergio Batista Borgogno Cannubi
Piedmont scenery--happy place for sure!
Piazza Duomo -- the only Michelin rated restaurant we have been to and it was a three star (Michelin's highest ranked)! It was a great experience that was not inexpensive and one that was probably once in a lifetime for us--top 50 rated reastaurents in the world! Quite the experience!
Left: the tunnel in Cresciano
Above, left and bleow: the hike to the monastery above Claro
View of Claro left and right. Left from the Stillharts and right from the monastery.
Above: Colin on Atlantis
Right: Adam trying Salamander
Far right: me trying Atlantis
Above: Adam and Rothner on Tomahawk
Far right: Adam on Reve de Mario
Right: Colin examining the skin thinness
Below: Rothner relaxing -- you can when you send everything so fast!
Below and right - scenic drive around switzerland--it never gets old.
Left--Stewie who belonged to a Spanish couple we climb with at Cresciano . Stewie brings smiles for sure but as his mother told us Estewie es estúpido when he got stuck in a crevice.
Right: Hannibal Lector , Cresciano and flapper from Hannibal
Adam's birthday in Brione--we went exploring to find boulders
Attempting Vatruvian Man without the chipped hold
Below: Milan Cathedral, dinner off the beaten path, AC Milan soccer game and a night out--I forgot my stilettos -ha!
Below--our one afternoon of "climbing" in Magic Wood--more like finding our way around and opening up the pads here and there.
Below our last day in Chironico--We waited until about 7:30 pm for the heat to subside. I felt great thought the send was in my hands then I was on the pad bleeding and it was over. Until next time Les Doigts Verts
Our last night in Claro. View from the Stillharts. Until next time!