Breathtaking: Gemsstock Peak

Flying high at 9,200 feet on a sunny summer day…

THIS SUMMER WAS one of the best in my entire life (which just keeps getting better and better).

Spending a month in Europe didn’t hurt.

We stopped over in Andermatt for a day and went up the lift to Gemsstock Peak. Well, actually, it was two lifts. You get on one, get off of it and then re-board on the next one – All The Way To The Top.

Once there, you have to climb the stairs to the top platform, as long as Mr. Vertigo doesn’t make your head reel. That’s because the stairs that lead outside and up to the main platform are see-through – so you get to look right straight d-o-w-n. Between that and air that’s so thin you wonder where the oxygen went, this is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. (And if one is scared of heights, just toss in the towel!)

I well recall the wind flattening my hair to my head and whipping through my clothes with a spine-tingling chill as I tried desperately to hold the Canon still enough to capture this breathtaking shot of the Alps and beyond.

– Lisa Lirones


About Lisa Lirones

LISA LIRONES' career in the graphic arts has spanned more than 20 years. Whether designing award-winning books, brochures, packaging, display graphics or logos, shooting or retouching photos, illustrating (in many genres) or art directing, she works to create – and consistently achieves – effective visual communications that are not only beautiful but arresting: Always exceeding her client's expectations.
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1 Response to Breathtaking: Gemsstock Peak

  1. ur2good says:

    Breathtaking is an understatement. What a photo…I bet it really did Blow Your Hair Back up there.

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