Photographer's Note

On the second to last day of our ice climbing trip in the Swiss Alps we drove to Meiringen in search of a new ice venue.

We left Kandersteg in bright sunshine and blue skies but as we approached Interlaken there was thick cloud hanging in the valley. On the edges of this there was an eerie light and it seemed that the lakes that Interlaken is between creates a microclimate that traps the cloud and mist in the valley. As we came out the other side of the cloud towards Meiringen we were once again in bright sunshine with expansive views of the mountains.

As we climbed that day we could see the mist collecting in the valley as all the cold air sunk down. During the drive back I just had to jump out of the car and take some photos, of which this is one. The temperature inversion meant it was very, very cold and I soon had to dive back into the car to thaw out my hands as all the heat had been sucked out of them through the metal of my tripod's legs!

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