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Schräh Dam Alphorn by Zach

This is the second in a series on Zach’s endeavor to play our Alphorn at some fun places around Switzerland. In the first post of this series, Zach played in a parking garage for maximum echo. This time, he took the advice of his trombone and Alphorn teacher, Herr Dahinden, to play the horn against a dam. Yes, against a dam.

So, while Zach was finishing his studies Sunday after church, I used Wikipedia and a few other resources to find a dam that fulfilled the following criteria:

  • Close to home
  • No water on the relief side of the dam where Zach needed to stand
  • Large enough to provide a little echo and amplification, but not too much
  • Good weather at the destination

The Schräh Dam on Wägitalersee in the canton Schweiz fit all these criteria, so off we went!

Here’s a view of the Wägitalersee and surrounding area.

Upon arrival at Wägitalersee, we came out of a tunnel atop the dam, so we needed to find a way to get down in front. We peered over the edge and Zach pointed out a service road in the valley below. So, we backtracked on the main road, followed a fork, then walked in to arrive at the face of the dam.

What’s next? Zach has talked about finding a dense forest to play against, a lake surrounded by cliffs, and we’ll see where else he can find a good echo.


  1. Posted January 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm | #

    Just wow. This is commitment to awesomeness. You guys are GREAT! I love it. That Zach plays the Alpenhorn, that you have an Alpenhorn, that you looked up dams, found one, went there, played the Alpenhorn there, videotaped, posted…it’s all awesome! Still shaking my head in amazement.

  2. Jeannie cooper
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm | #

    That’s our guy!

    Lots of love, G & G Cooper

  3. janalee
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 5:02 am | #

    LOL – this is seriously so cool! Excited for the next one! 😀

  4. Linda Neve`
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm | #

    Wow! Soooo cool AND awsome and what a thrill it must be!!! I’m totally impressed!

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