Summer highlight instead of summer slump – A mountain hike on Piz Palü

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, then starting with the first one.” – Mark Twain

That applies in equal measure for high peaks and large projects.

Those who know me are aware that I head into the mountanis on a regular basis. For me, it represents an ideal way to decompress from work. I can fill up with energy, soak in inspiration, and converse with friends and colleagues while mountain climbing or free riding. Time in the mountains is a source of energy for me to get ahead in the Twainian spirit, both in general and in my profession.


This summer, I was on Piz Palü with seven friends. The alp is part of Graubünden’s Bernina Range, a popular ski region that also offers a wide range of options for fantastic treks. Here, mountaineers can find exciting high-altitude hikes any time of year. Piz Palü is also a great summer destination. However, hiking here in summertime temperatures is not to be underestimated. Our three mountain guides knew exactly what to look out for, which permitted us to fully enjoy the nine-and-a-half-hour hike.

One thing is clear. This ascension is not for people who like to sleep in and are grumpy in the morning: we were awoken at 3am and headed out at 4am at the Diavolezza mountain station. Diavolezza comes from Rhaeto-Romanic and means little she-devil. Indeed, the climb is reflective of the name. As strengous as it was, the views were equally breathtaking. The sunrise awarded us accordingly for having risen so early.

Sunrise on Piz Palue

The 360-degree panorama from the peak was also fantastic. While the final 100 meters of altitude along the ridge may have been a real challenge, it was worth every bead of sweat.


I’ll be curious to see which mountain’s call we answer next year… For now, there are a great deal of exciting projects to move ahead.

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