panorama picture experiment

last saturday mrs d and i did a snow shoe hike from alpthal stei up to hochstuckli and then across to biberegg. the views were fantastic, the snow was good 🙂 prompted by mrs d, i tried my hand at taking a set of pictures to assemble as a panorama later.1 here’s the result (you can use the mouse to drag the picture around):

[photonav height=400 animate=1 mode=drag url=’http://d2h.net/stuff/hochstuckli-web.jpg’]

i stitched it together using hugin — i’m quite pleased with it 🙂 let’s see how it turns out as a 120cm wide print.


  1. luckily i had my D700 set to RAW+JPG — i had forgotten to set the correct white balance. using ufraw i could correct that at home, first time really that i made use of those RAW files… 

last snowshoe tour of the season to take place!

the weather forecast for tomorrow is looking good! we are going to do the [last snowshoe tour of the season tomorrow!][gg] quite excited by it!

in case you are interested in joining: [contact fredi kälin of blue-dimension until 21:00 tonight!][fredi]

[gg]: http://d2h.net/blog/2008/05/27/planned-the-absolute-last-snowshoe-tour-this-side-of-winter
[fredi]: http://www.blue-dimension.ch/kontakt.shtml

planned: the absolute last snowshoe tour this side of winter

our good friend and sometimes mountain guide [fredi kälin][] had [advertized a snowshoe tour to the gloggeentürmli][fredi-gg] in the [gotthard pass area][] — the precondition being that the pass itself got opened again and, of course, that we’ll have appropriate weather.

[fredi kälin]: http://www.blue-dimension.ch/
[fredi-gg]: http://www.blue-dimension.ch/out/winter.shtml
[gotthard pass area]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Gotthard_Pass

well, the gotthard pass [was opened thursday a week ago][nzz-gotthard], now let’s see whether the weather plays along…

[nzz-gotthard]: http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/medien/gotthard_pass_mittwoch_offen_1.738371.html

snowshoeing!

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we are just back from five fantastic days in [engadin][]! all of last week we went on a snowshoe hike each day — enjoying fantastic scenery, lots and lots of sunshine, and excellent food. the whole week was organized by the [dav summit club][] as part of their _genuss plus[^1]_ program, meaning we got to stay in [s-chanf][] in a very nice hotel with hot shower ensuite (!) and excellent 4-course dinner meals every night!

[dav summit club]: http://www.dav-summit-club.de/
[engadin]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engadin
[s-chanf]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-chanf

[^1]: which translates as, roughly, “enjoyment plus”…roughly…

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the engadin is one of the nicest areas of switzerland. i especially (given my vertigo) appreciated the rounded mountain tops without dramatic chasms! the language spoken there is [romantsch][], an ancient language with place names that could have come straight out of the _[lord of the rings][]_.

[romantsch]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansch
[lord of the rings]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings

in case you are interested, [we’ve taken a couple of pictures for you to enjoy :-)][pixs]

also, here’s the list of [googleearth][] tracks for each day:

* [monday, 2008-02-18, muntische](http://d2h.net/blog/stuff/20080218-pix.kmz)
* [tuesday, 2008-02-19, piz murtiröl](http://d2h.net/blog/stuff/20080219-pix.kmz)
* [wednesday, 2008-02-20, piz campagnun](http://d2h.net/blog/stuff/20080220-pixs.kmz)
* [thursday, 2008-02-21, munt griatschouls](http://d2h.net/blog/stuff/20080221-pixs.kmz)
* [friday, 2008-02-22, chamanna d’es-cha](http://d2h.net/blog/stuff/20080222-pixs.kmz)

[pixs]: http://d2h.net/blog/v/the+tardis+crew/2008/2008-02-17–22-s-chanf
[googleearth]: http://earth.google.com/intl/en/