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Meeting Point: Zurich HB

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I have never post an event with my own idea so here we go:

I always wanted to go to Grindelwald but for many reasons (lazyness mostly) i havent went there, also the fact that when i do a trip, hike/walking around, i do it alone and im getting tired of doing it like that.

So the main idea is to just go there and find a route to walk/hike and spend the whole day there and come back in the evening. By spending the whole day there i mean: eating there, walk a lot, then drink water and eat again and walk again some more

So i have been talking with anupn and he had come up with a great idea and route for this saturday:

The route starts from Meiringen and after a long dayclimbing over the Grosse Scheidegg (large watershed), arrives in Grindelwald inthe heart of the Berner Oberland. It involves a fair amount of climbing (almost1400m), but it is gradual and not tricky.

Start: Meiringen station

Finish: Grindelwald station

The route of the walk is Meiringen - Kaltenbrunnen -Gschwandtenmad - Grosse Scheidegg - Unter Lauchbühl - Grindelwald

Hiking time:approx. 6.5 to 7 hours

Equipment:

· Usual hiking gear – boots & poles.

· Protection from sun and cold

· Rain gear (forecast says that it is sunny and clear)

· Enough to eat and drink for the day.

Elevation: From600m up to 1960m, then down to 1030m, up:1360m, down:930m

Meeting point:Zurich HB head of platform 3 at 6:55 AM

The train leaves at 7.04 to Luzern ; Change trains atLuzern @ 7:55 (platform 12) to Meiringen

The return route is Grindelwald -> Interlaken -> Bern-> Zürich HB

@ every 19 mins and 49 mins of the hour from Grindelwaldtill 5 PM and at every 19 mins of the hour after that.

more information on this page

http://activityworkshop.net/hiking/a...indelwald.html



So we are going either way, i have checked the weather forecast for this saturday and it seems to be a clear day and i want to make the most of if before winter hit us hard and you cant do this type of things easily.

If you want to go, rsvp and we will be in contact with more details by PM
It is open to everybody, im not a hardcore climber/hiker but i do expect to walk a lot.... if we come back tired that will mean that we had an awesome day

Feel free to ask anything, and i know it is not close to go there ... but what can possibly go wrong
RSVP'd Yes: 1 (1 members and No guests)
  • Tj88 - forgot to say yes.... xD
RSVP'd Maybe: 3 (3 members and No guests)
  • gaijin - veeery tempting :) I'll see how I can arrange my tasks (looking for an apt) and will update status
  • Celtictwist - I will be a last minute on Friday to confirm
  • francesco_ud - ... tempted but this week end I need to recover some sleep ...
RSVP'd No: 7
  • Uncle Max - Lovely idea but can't make it this Saturday. Thanks for arranging a social event though. Grindelwald! Grindelwald! Grindle all the way..!
  • Assassin - Ditto, nice idea, but a little short notice.
  • BokerTov
  • stephen_NE
  • MysteryMachine - :( sorry.. can't make it this time but I hope other people can join you - its an amazing area!
  • summerrain - Just got back from there over the weekend. Next time!
  • lost_inbroad - hiking in Grindelwald
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Old 18.10.2011, 16:02
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Will someone will suggest a good route to make, once im there? ... im looking and reading to see where should i go... but any more information from someone who was already there will be awesome

thanks, and hopefully someone will join me in a knee bursting hike
TJ88, I did the hike up from Interlaken Ost up to Harder Kulm. Its approx 1400m. You can take the HarderBahn down after the hike:



View from the top:



Sunday was at Grindelwald. This is downhill from FIRST:



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Old 18.10.2011, 16:09
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To add to that, decent proper hiking socks to go with your hiking shoes. Those thick enough to cushion your feet as well as allowing it to breathe.

Layering is key. At this weather, with the sun shining, you can get away with hiking in a t-shirt. But do layer with a fleece and waterproof jacket and strip off/put back on when necessary. No need to invest too much if you already have those staple items in your wardrobe.
So true... really good socks can make a huge difference when hiking.. i usually carry an extra par in my backpack ... for when i come back i have me feet dry and already recovering from the hiking abuse

sometimes i put double socks, that depends on the boot or shoe.. but helps you to not get blister because it aislates a little more the heat from the friction between your shoe and the foot skin .. and also makes the shoe fits a little tighter .. so it doesnt move around that much..

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Oh, and don't hike in jeans. If you've never done it, you'll soon learn once it gets cold. No need to get fancy hiking pants but generally cotton isn't your friend if it gets wet.
jaja that is so true... jeans are really a big of no-no .. once they are wet .. you are screwed because they never (really never) get dry again .... ok they get dry at home
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Old 18.10.2011, 16:12
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TJ88, I did the hike up from Interlaken Ost up to Harder Kulm. Its approx 1400m. You can take the HarderBahn down after the hike:


Sunday was at Grindelwald. This is downhill from FIRST:

those are some really cool pictures .. thank you

how much time did it took you for the whole hike? .. is it an expert path?
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Old 18.10.2011, 16:15
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those are some really cool pictures .. thank you

how much time did it took you for the whole hike? .. is it an expert path?
I did the Harder Kulm one in approx 2 hours 45minutes. The indicated timing was 2.5hours.

How difficult it is, depends on your fitness level. For me, it is steep. Its incline 99% of the way but I managed ok (with alot swearing under my breath) but the more seasoned hikers and outdoor nuts will probably laugh in my face and say that its a walk in the park

As for the First descent, no physical fitness needed but strong knees.

Have fun - and do share if you decide to do other trails! I love that area and will definitely go back!
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something

I put it also with the outdoor nuts in facebook .. and someone mention the

from Grindelwald to Wengen, going over the Kleine Scheidegg

im still looking and gathering as much information as i can.. but will decide by thursday which route we will take .. every time i look and see pictures of the place i like it more and more.. so i dont know yet

found this website.. and im looking and doing my hike homework .. i will put more details once i have a better idea of what we are going to do
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Old 18.10.2011, 17:09
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One pair of socks and well fitted boots are sufficient. Two are not much use unless you're cold in bed.
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something

I always take maps printed from the wanderland website. the box "hiking in Switzerland must be ticked for walking path to appear as green lines. Dotted black fine lines are secondary walking paths. I put the maps in a plastic sleeve to protect is somewhat from rain and keep it handy. I usually print a few different views or scales, so I don't have to jungle more than 2 sheets (one facing one side of the plastic sleeve, the other facing the other side). Don't know if I'm making myself clear?

Hope you post photos after the hike. Would love to see them!
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Old 18.10.2011, 23:42
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something

Another good hike - OK, parts of it are a bit touristy but it's justified - is to get the cable car up from either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen to Männlichen, then walk down to Kleine Scheidegg; continue along the "Eigertrail" until you get to a point above Alpiglen, and finally down into the Gletscherschlucht. The scenery is stunning all the way, and once you get past Kleine Scheidegg there aren't too many people. The last bit between Alpiglen and the Gletscherschlucht is totally off the beaten track, as 99% of the people on the trail go down to Alpiglen station and get the train down.

I did this hike iearlier this month, see http://www.hikr.org/tour/post41884.html for some photos and a description (in French)

Possibly not doable this weekend though, depending on how much it snows.
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Du .. you lost me at "... 6:32am"....
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something

jaja i was thinking of moving the start date .. to 7:32 .. jeje i have talk to anupn and he said it is not a problem

i will update the hour date now
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Old 20.10.2011, 15:44
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (update)

Another couple of items to throw in your rucksack: 1: plasters - if you have new boots, no matter how comfortable they'll be in a few months, they could rub now if new. 2: Sun tan cream - I'm usually a veritable Mary Poppins with everything in her bag but forgot it this weekend when we went hiking, luckily another boy scout on the trip had his - phew
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I was hiking in the Gimmelwald (across the valley from, and not to be confused with Grindelwald). I can say that as of this weekend there was some serious snow on trails once you got above 2000 m. Im not sure where you are inteding to hike, but definitely wear good, waterproof boots. You will almost certainly be running into wet, muddy, and/ or snowy conditions. That said, I had a great time last weekend, and Im planning a hike in the Lucerne area for Sunday. I posted it in the sports section. Maybe I should have posted it here as well.

Pictures from Gimmelwald last weekend
Where can one cross the metal bridge from ? Do we have to pay , book etc.
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (update)

Just a warning - for those that are not aware...the train ride up to schynigge platte is quite pricey, and the walk...might take you 6 hours or so....if you get cold, you will get very cold - there is not much shelter up there, there is only one place to get refreshments etc. at the top of faulhorn...it's not just a gentle stroll for the unpracticed
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Just updated route and details
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (2nd update)

I won't come as I have already done this route twice in the last two years (once in summer, once in winter with snowshoes). It's a good choice though, the views are fantastic and get better as you go along. The only uninteresting bit is between Zwirgi and Kaltenbrunnen, where you will have to do some road walking.

The food at Schwarzwaldalp is good if you get there at lunchtime.
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (2nd update)

dont worry..thanks for the input..

maybe for the next weekend someone can organize something a little closer (hint hint)

i know i depends a lot on the weather .. but will see how things goes
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (2nd update)

For those worried about the last part of the route that goes from Grosse Scheidegg down to Grindelwald, the bus route is operating until October 23.

See this link:
http://www.grindelwaldbus.ch/136_ger...achsaison.html
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thank so much for that bus schedule, i was reading that there were buses you could take during this hike, but i didnt know how further they go ... is nice to know that we can have plan b
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (2nd update)

lib going hiking... uh oh... he might find something he likes about switzerland.. we couldn't have THAT!

I have tried lots of different hiking gear. Personally I like doing 2 pairs of socks.. a special very thin silk sock that goes on first, and then the normal socks. I don't know if they have the special thin silk ones here but they did in every hiking store in the US. I've never had a blister with that setup.

Another recommendation I have is to get a smallish or medium pack (don't buy an overnight pack if you are going day hiking) but one thing almost everyone loves is the type of packs where they have the mesh that goes on your back but the actual pack is not on you back so that way air flows through. Will keep your back dry which is important when there is a cold wind You don't need to go crazy at an outdoor store I got a decent deal on a mammut pack at Manor (none seem like good deals compared to the USA).
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Re: Grindelwald hike, walk or something (2nd update)

Ok everybody.. game on

Please send my a PM if you are interested at the last minute to come

see you tomorrow morning
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