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Lausanne, Switzerland
Site of the 1998 ITU World Triathlon Championships

The Olympic Museum overlooks Lac Leman

The view of Lac Leman from atop the Olympic Museum.

Lusanne, Switzerland is billed by Swiss and International Olympic Committee potentates as the Olympic City. The Olympic Museum, a celebrated history of international competition, is one of the IOC's crown jewels. From the museum's vantage point on the north shore of  Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), visitors can watch the tour boats sailing out of  Geneva toward mountains towering 4000 feet above the lake.


The Swiss have a colorful heritage that they share at every opportunity with visitors to their country. The sounds of the past, which echoed during pre-race ceremonies in Lausanne, can be heard throughout Switzerland.

Along the waterfront during pre-race ceremonies in Lausanne.


A taste of Swiss heritage


Around Switzerland
Scenes from Switzerland

Zermat is located a few hours drive Southeast of Lausanne. A major European ski resort, Zermat also provides tourists access to miles of mountain walks.   Off-season visitors from around the world come for the spectacular views of the Matterhorn, which hooks the clouds with the tenacity of a gifted fly fisherman.

Walking off worlds with the Matterhorn clinging to clouds in the distance.

Mountain walks under the Matterhorn

Mountain signs

Mountain walks wander through Switzerland like the spinnings of a drunken spider. The heavily marked trails may follow the asphalt of mountain roads, the narrow dirt paths through the mountains, or the severe routes leading out onto the glaciers. Ever present, the walks provide one of Switzerland's great attractions.

Mountain walk signs outside Lausanne.

The Swiss have a surprise for those expecting to get away from it all by venturing out on a mountain walk. In Switzerland, it is virtually impossible to get away from everything. The Swiss have learned to utilize every inch of available terrain. If unsuited for people, then the sheep and other livestock get their run of the land.

Sheep on the slopes of the Sidelhorn.

Every inch of Switzerland is used


Like ants on the march, tourists wander the Swiss mountainsides in search of visual thrills.

A group of tourists are led down a trail over a glacial moraine in Zermat.

The Sidelhorn is a small little peak overlooking Grimselpass, a major route dividing the Central Swiss Alps  from the Bernese Alps.


Behind Jo Garuccio and Missy LeStrange lies the deep valley basin of the Haslital, which runs for miles from Grimselpass down to the town of Meiringen and the eastern most tip of the Bernese Oberland.

Atop the Sidelhorn


Although people are the dominating life form in Switzerland, cows place a close second. Supported by lush green hillsides and valleys fed by glacial runoff, cows graze throughout the countryside amidst the clanging of their bells.

Cows primp in the fields of Schwarzwaldalp, a small chalet in the heart of the Jungfrau Region.

Glacial runoff

Expansive glaciers cap the core of the mountainous regions of Switzerland like icing on sweet rolls. But some of that icing is melting at alarming rates and causing certain glaciers to recede several feet per year.


Glacial runoff fuels the geography and feeds the landscape in south central Switzerland.

Glacial sediment

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