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Romke & Harry near Matterhorn, Switzerland 10th January 2007

5 Responses to “Romke & Harry near Matterhorn, Switzerland”

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    HAPPY B-DAY ROMKE! Great self portrait!

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    :-) Tweedle-Dee & Tweedle-Dum ! Proficiat , Romke.

  3. 3

    Er is er een jarig hoera hoera, happy birthday Romke.

  4. 4

    Thanks Harry! That\'s a wonderful present! I had totally forgotten about this picture, it\'s a beautiful surprise.

    Thanks also for the warm thoughts from over the world. I wish I could send you all a picture of the cakes my colleagues just devoured…

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    Jeff Ambrose:

    I\'m in awe at the trips you have taken. If you ever need someone to carry your bags or camera equipment remember me, I work cheap. :P

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Romke & Harry near Matterhorn, Switzerland

The story behind "Romke & Harry near Matterhorn, Switzerland"

This one is for Romke, who is celebrating his B-day today :)
He accompanied me on several trips, including Mt Blanc, Uganda and this special undertaking: a tandem-bike ride from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Zermatt, Switzerland. We had planned to climb the Matterhorn, but conditions were too dangerous and even the local guides did not go up. So we climbed some nearby peaks instead, ending up at the Italian border, proving that you can travel quite far, by human power only. That was also why the project and the website were called… We Biked to Matter -make a difference- as well as To the Matterhorn :-)

I am taking the picture, he is on the right on this resulting image. We used a sponsored small Nikon camera with a superfisheye lens, covering 185 degrees in all directions. The beautiful Matterhorn is actually quite close to us -we are on the end of one of the ridges- but due to the distortion it looks far away. With 2 of these stitched together we could create a 360 degrees IPIX..
Happy B-day Romke!

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