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2011-08-04 07:20:00

JUNGFRAUJOCH, Switzerland, August 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The idea sounds simple: 150 years of MAMMUT equals 150 peaks. For the Swiss mountain sports specialist this is the biggest summit project of all time. The starting signal for this ambitious project was given at the peak of the Jungfrau on Wednesday, 3 August, the 200th anniversary of the first ascent. Numerous prominent figures responded to the call of this traditional brand. With the ascent of the Jungfrau (4,158...

2011-07-06 07:30:00

BERNE, Switzerland, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The adventure continues - the American climber and writer John Harlin III begins the third and final chapter of his attempt to travel the entire 2,000km Swiss border on July 6. After paddling and cycling along the northern and western borders, this summer he will climb the thin, and often dangerous, alpine line that separates Switzerland from its southern neighbours. Follow John's adventure through his multimedia Border Stories,...

2010-07-02 09:53:00

BERN, Switzerland, July 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- US mountaineer John Harlin III is attempting to climb, cycle and paddle along the almost 1,900-kilometre Swiss border. Yesterday John Harlin had an accident in the region of Mont Dolent. An Air-Glaciers helicopter rescued the alpinist and flew him to hospital in Sion. Harlin was well aware of the challenge he was setting himself: "To me, the ability to circle an entire country as rugged as Switzerland in three months' time gives a...

2010-06-22 09:54:00

BERN, Switzerland, June 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- All around Switzerland, a distance of 1,900 kilometres, in three months using muscle power alone: US-based mountaineer and journalist John Harlin begins his tour of Switzerland's borders at St Gingolph in canton Valais on June 23. He will be posting reports, pictures and videos daily on swissinfo.ch. John Harlin III has set himself no small challenge: he intends to follow the entire length of Switzerland's borders - almost 1,900...

2009-09-09 06:41:00

BERN, Switzerland, September 9 /PRNewswire/ -- No country builds more bunkers than Switzerland. Europe's longest glacier is in Switzerland. The Swiss are world champions in rail travel, recycling glass and eating chocolate. Switzerland holds many records. Some are disputed. And not all are glorious. swissinfo.ch tracks down the stories behind the records in written articles, videos, audio slideshows and picture galleries. Each Monday, swissinfo.ch will be presenting a new record:...

2006-08-11 07:15:00

By Douwe Miedema GRINDELWALD, Switzerland -- Sometimes, global warming can help put money in your pocket. Hansruedi Burgener has welcomed up to 800 people a day -- twice the average number of visitors -- to his remote mountain hostel in the Alps this summer. They all hope to watch a rock the size of two Empire State Buildings collapse onto the canyon floor up to 656 feet below, as retreating glacier ice robs a cliff face on the eastern edge of the Eiger mountain of its main support. "We would...

2006-01-07 17:41:46

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, whose life was portrayed in his book and the film "Seven Years in Tibet," died on Saturday aged 93, Austrian officials said in a statement. He was the first person to climb the difficult north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps in 1938, but won world renown after his book, the film version of which was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starred Brad Pitt. Harrer was interned in northern India by British authorities in 1939...


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