2 climbers, roped, die in Mt Blanc fall

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two French climbers, whose identities have not been given by French police, died in a fall as they were climbing the Envers des Aiguilles de Chamonix Wednesday 27 February, reports AFP news agency. The two were roped together. The reason for the fall is not clear. In a separate mountain accident Wednesday […]

Winter in western Switzerland, our weekend images

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Last weekend offered so much outdoors that the GenevaLunch.com contributors were out and about doing different things, and we’ve decided to share some of our favourites images from the weekend with you. Click on images to view larger        

Swiss climber survives Nepal avalanche, 4 French climbers dead

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Twenty-five climbers were caught by a large avalanche in the Himalayas, on Mt Manaslu (8,156m) in northwestern Nepal Sunday 23 September. Four French climbers, including guides from Chamonix, died in the accident which is now reported to have taken eight lives (earlier estimates were higher) and has left three people missing. One […]

Most of Switzerland on standby for rising waters, torrential rains

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  BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Federal Office of the Environment said Thursday 5 July that it is watching the waterways situation carefully and coordinating standby actions in cantons with alerts from the national weather service, MeteoSwiss. The ground throughout Switzerland is well soaked, the federal office notes, and heavy rains that may fall late Thursday […]

Five climbers die at Lagginhorn (update)

View Larger Map GENEVA / SION, SWITZERLAND – Five foreigners, whose nationality has not yet been released, died Tuesday 3 July at 13:00 while coming down from the Lagginhorn in canton Valais, in what police describe as “a terrible accident”. A group of six alpinists set out early this morning to climb the 4,010 metre […]

Waking up to geraniums singing, again

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Summer is here, no doubt about it when you get out of the city and head for the mountains: the sun rose at 05:00 this morning in the Swiss Alps. As the light suddenly streamed in I could hear what seemed like my newly planted geraniums singing, but it was an extraordinary […]

Compost for my tomatoes?

I just bought four Mt Favet tomatoes to try, as I do every year, to get decent tomatoes to grow at 1,100 metres, in the veggie patch, just like all the others. My success has not been impressive to date, whether I start with tiny plants or bigger ones, or change varieties. Mt Favet is […]

What saving face means to one Graubuenden village

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fame has suddenly hit the Graubuenden hamlet of Obermutten and so far, it’s just what the townfolk wanted. Mayor M Wyss and G Flatscher, who owns the single restaurant, decided last year that the village, with all its typical Swiss mountain charm, should create a Facebook page that would increase visitors. He […]

Deadly weekend in Swiss Alps (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two men died in the Swiss Alps in separate accidents Monday 9 April, one in canton Valais and the other in Ticino. A hiker in Ticino came across “human remains” Saturday. Monday was the end of the long Easter holiday weekend in Switzerland. A 36-year-old man from canton Fribourg died when a […]

Caprices Crans-Montana music festival

With Sean Paul, Charlie Winston and the Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay.