Patrizia Kummer, an Olympic parallel giant slalom gold medalist.

 
 

We spent two days in Zermatt, I wanted to combine the world renown Matterhorn shot reflecting in the Stellisee, with something a little different, which is how this came about. 

 
 

Patrizia heading out for the first paddle of the day 

 

Over the past year I got to spent a few weeks with Patrizia, to understand and document what goes into being an olympic gold medalist. The conventional gym shots we thought would not lead to anything overwelming, so we headed into the outdoors to replicate the training she would usually do in the gym. 

Up until summer 2017 Patrizia was still finishing off her degree, alongside of co-managing a cafe and training for the Olympics. 

 

Paddle board and tent packed

Home 

With the foldable paddle board and pump on Patrizias back, we set about reaching Stellisee. 

 
 The mountain and me

The mountain and me

Having reached Stellisee before schedule we where left with some sunlight and decided to head back down the mountain to capture and camp by Grinjisee, a lake lesser known for its reflections of the Matterhorn but instead allows its stunning location do the talking instead. 

 
 Setting up

Setting up

Patrizia Setting-up the paddle board.

Grinjisee is usually empty or at least quiet, most tourists stop where the Stellisee starts, this lesser known lake is incredibly beautiful, exactly because it is located a few ticks further, the autumn gives rise to the yellow pine trees, along with the ambience of the trickling river and the last songs of the birds saying goodbye to the summer - this all makes for a very special moment. 

 
 Paddle boarding on Grinjiisee, Zermatt

Paddle boarding on Grinjiisee, Zermatt

In a lot of ways the following will sound Ironic because so much of what we see nowadays is from second hand information and my job is to create this content for people to view on their screen. 

I'm a strong believer in that life is outside, weather this is in your bak garden or paddle boarding at the top of Zermatt, experiences like this are unforgettable. 

 

Paddling into the night

Lumecube to the rescue

Watching the sunset behind the matterhorn whilst listening to the ripples of the water hit the shore was mesmerising - we carried on shooting into the night. With the help of a light, strapped to the paddle board Patrizia was able to light up the lake floor. 

 
 Camping besides Stellisee

Camping besides Stellisee

Waking up besides the Stellisee, one might think so far up in the mountains it is quiet and especially around 5am, there should be no sole to be found. 

Besides noticing fellow campers are also on the scene what is most disheartening is when your crumpled up self crawls out of the cold tent into the freezing cold outdoors, only to see the freshly showered and happy hotel stayers, ready to shoot for the day, eagerly standing around the lake.

 
 Paddle boarding on Stellisee

Paddle boarding on Stellisee

With enough self motivation, Patrizia went about paddling around the soon to be frozen lake - the last place you'd want to fall off your paddle board. 

I believe with enough self encouragement small or big goals, it can be done.