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Looking for hiking area tips

Hello all,

Me and my wife we love doing hiking/trekking trails in Switzerland, I was able to see that also here on this forum are some lovers of outdoor activities and yes, particularly in hiking area, so I wonder if we can "exchange" trails info and why not participate to some trails together in CH.

So I guess that I start by posting last 3 trails that we did:
1) Ritom area (near Airolo - Ticino) -
Trail: Piotta - Piora - Lago Tom, Lago Scuri - Cadlima valley - Passo Lucamagno (~7h)
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...757260/detail/

2) Saentis (near Appenzell)
Trail: Schwagalp - Tierwis - Saentis - Schwagalp
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...250835/detail/

3) Eigertrail (Grindelwald area)
Trail: Wengernalp - Eigergletscher - Eigertrail - Alpiglen
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...267189/detail/

I'll be more than glad to read about your trips recommendation or just to see where people goes usually and why not, to do some trips together. We currently living in Oerlikon, Zuerich
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

You might find some helpful information on this thread.

http://www.englishforum.ch/sports-fi...ng-trails.html
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Welcome to the EF, we have far too few hikers who post about their activities here!

When I come to Switzerland I do most of my hiking in the Valais, south of the Rhone, in the area that the Haute Route crosses. All the passes are above 2,000 meters, so I suspect that they either are, or will soon be, snowed in.

This past summer I started exploring the areas of the Valais north of the Rhone, see my trip report on Back from six weeks in Switzerland.
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

My two favourite areas are around Zermatt and Bettmeralp. They both combine a range of routes from gentle to more difficult than I would want to tackle plus they have the most stunning scenery.

The Eigertrail is a close third.

This is a very useful site for planning hikes:

http://www.wanderland.ch/en/welcome.cfm

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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

Some of my favorites close to Zürich are.

Obermürgsee, Close or above Murg on the wallensee.
http://www.murgsee.ch/murg_frm.html

Yesterday I did Chäserrugg in Toggenburg. Take the little train from Unterwasser to Litos then Hike to the summit also its worth the cross over onto Hinterugg. All the 7 Churfirstkette are avalible to climb.
In this area there is to many trails to mention each one.
http://bike2.intermaps.com/toggenbur...=Lifte&Lang=de

Braunwald is nice and Mettmenalp in Glanrtland.
http://www.braunwald.ch/de/welcome.cfm
http://www.mettmen-alp.ch/

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EDIT: I just had a look at your list I would like to do Santis, Did you go up from Toggenburg or the cable car side?.
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

will be watching this one..

Your Eiger-trail fotos are excellent.
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

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Hello all,

Me and my wife we love doing hiking/trekking trails in Switzerland, I was able to see that also here on this forum are some lovers of outdoor activities and yes, particularly in hiking area, so I wonder if we can "exchange" trails info and why not participate to some trails together in CH.

So I guess that I start by posting last 3 trails that we did:
1) Ritom area (near Airolo - Ticino) -
Trail: Piotta - Piora - Lago Tom, Lago Scuri - Cadlima valley - Passo Lucamagno (~7h)
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...757260/detail/

2) Saentis (near Appenzell)
Trail: Schwagalp - Tierwis - Saentis - Schwagalp
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...250835/detail/

3) Eigertrail (Grindelwald area)
Trail: Wengernalp - Eigergletscher - Eigertrail - Alpiglen
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...267189/detail/

I'll be more than glad to read about your trips recommendation or just to see where people goes usually and why not, to do some trips together. We currently living in Oerlikon, Zuerich
I did Mutteristock once this summer and liked it very much. Nice one day hike (up to around 2400m) with very, very few people (we saw 3 or 4 during the entire day, not like Appenzell where you often have to walk in a long line). Also Speer near Walensee is nice, but a bit more crowded.
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

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EDIT: I just had a look at your list I would like to do Santis, Did you go up from Toggenburg or the cable car side?.
Trail was: Schwägalp - Tierwis Huette - Saentis - Schwägalp(descent by cablecar, we stayed 40mins in the queue !)

Attached you have a raw GPS dump of the trail (load it in Google Earth)
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

I've did more research on CH websites and I've found two more valuable resources, I hope you will find them useful

http://www.hikr.org/ - A trekking/hike report website with tours in CH and all over the world. The main programmers in back are from CH - http://www.hikr.org/about.php

http://www.mapplus.ch/ - A collection of ALL Swisstopo 50k, 200k topographical maps draped in GoogleMaps tile system. For instance go here - http://www.mapplus.ch/?x=699702&y=156080&zl=12&layers=peaks|huts|pass_hi king - to see the area that we were hiking saturday
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http://www.hikr.org/ - A trekking/hike report website with tours in CH and all over the world. The main programmers in back are from CH - http://www.hikr.org/about.php

http://www.mapplus.ch/ - A collection of ALL Swisstopo 50k, 200k topographical maps draped in GoogleMaps tile system. For instance go here - http://www.mapplus.ch/?x=699702&y=15...uts|passhiking - to see the area that we were hiking saturday
Sorted last link for you


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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

excellent thread Cotzo!

I've found this web site - unfortunately in German only - a good resource:
http://www.alternatives-wandern.ch/

I don't think I have a specific favorite, but I did a bit of Weg der Schweiz (http://www.weg-der-schweiz.ch/ available in German/French) this past weekend. It's not really demanding hiking, but it's so pretty around the Urnersee. And pretty close to Zurich eg no getting up at the crack of dawn .
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

As ours have all been one-day hikes, we put them into the Day Trips section of the Forum under GPS Tagged Hikes. Perhaps Nanda will decide to move the Thread to Sports/Fitness be with the others. She already had to change the title of this Thread once, so I am scared to ask her to shift it as well.
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

Next hike will be in Leukerbad area on Gemmiweg, from Leukerbad(~1400m) to Sunnbuel(~1930m)/cablecar to Kandersteg, via Gemmipass(~2320m), looks like a suspended, aerial path, not recommended if you are afraid of the heights :-)

Check attm for more details(proposed track on GoogleEarth) and first 4 pics here http://snowslider.net/2007/09/04/gem...bad-adelboden/ . If you want to join, please PM me.
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

It was a veeeery nice hike, from Leukerbad to Sunnbuel, via Gemmipass. It's amazing what people built since 1740 !

Photos from the trail
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vasile2...7607585691259/

Seems that winter will go even lower in altitude these days :-( They announced that it will be fresh snow from 1000m above...
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

I have one place in the car for Sunday(5th october) trip from Zurich and hiking from Fiesch to Aletsch. Write me private msg if anyone interested. regards to all
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

Damn, pam, we did a trip in the same area, and also Sunday, we travelled by train tough ... We went Fiescheralp - Maerjela(via tunnel) - Aletsch base - Moosfluh.

Photos here
http://flickr.com/photos/vasile23/se...7607762446778/

What was your track ?
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

i'd like to share a useful hiking tip, which i learnt from a swiss while hiking today.

back when i used to do topography in the army (SE Asia), we used the sun to identify the east (before noon) and west (after noon). at noon, the sun is directly overhead, so there's some error thereabouts. that helped us get our bearings.

in europe, the sun is in the south at noon, and one should not look for the east, rather, the south. here's how:using an watch with analog display with a numbered dial, at any one time, point the hour hand towards the sun. south would be roughly between the hour hand and 12 o'clock. eg, at 10am, south would be approx at 11 o'clock position.

useful stuff if u havne't got or forgot a compass
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... here's how:using an analog watch ...
... an analog watch ...

I think I saw one in a museum once, but never on a living breathing hiker

On a more serious note ... never hike without a compass. Costs almost nothing and weighs about as little. Ditto an LED based headlamp.
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... an analog watch ...

I think I saw one in a museum once, but never on a living breathing hiker

On a more serious note ... never hike without a compass. Costs almost nothing and weighs about as little. Ditto an LED based headlamp.
heh, thanks for the comment... fixed it!
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Re: Looking for hiking area tips

>> Damn, pam, we did a trip in the same area, and also Sunday, we travelled by train tough ... We went Fiescheralp - Maerjela(via tunnel) - Aletsch base - Moosfluh. <<

Do you remember passing by 3 young ladies ..? )

Yes that was also our path exactly, but we started very very late, about 13:00 (was really difficult to pass Furka on summer tires

I'll take some time to watch your pictures now, thank you for posting them!
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