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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Thanks guys. Webcams are a good idea, I was just wondering if there was a general rule in order to avoid checking 100s of webcams.

I think I'll stick to a lower route. Depending on there weather forecast, I have narrowed it down somewhat, trying to identify alternatives in the different regions to ensure the weather will be acceptable at least somewhere:
- Finishing the WALSA-weg I started last year, I still have the Bad Ragaz-Murgh stretch to do. I have to check this one for snow though. (East of CH covered)
- The Chemin des Trois Lacs between Yverdon-les-bains and Murten. Less my style, but not a part of Switzerland I know at all. (West)
- Chemin du Vignoble, Martigny-Leuk: if I'm not in the mountains, at least I'll see them. (Wallis covered)
- Continue the Trans Swiss Trail I began last year, I could probably go from St.-Ursanne to St.-Martin (Jura covered)
- Do the traditional Weg der Schweiz or start the Weg around the Vierwaldstättersee. (Central Schweiz covered)

Still trying to find an alternative in Ticino which I'm really not familiar with, and in Graubünden, where I already have a "project" underway waiting for the snow to melt.

My backpack is itching, my boots want to get out of the closet. I'm having bad cabin fever after 3 weeks at home without skiing.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Hi there!

I'm probably late for the party again and everyone knows that already, but I just came back from the local library and not only did they have hiking books, they had loads (really!) of them AND maps. The selection was bigger than the Orell Füssli on Bahnhofstrasse.

That ought to save me a massive amount of money during the planning stage. For the maps I'll probably keep buying most of them, but some hikes cover several maps; for this week's trip I had one map already and borrowed one at the library to cover the last 14 km.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Just to come back to the issue of snow cover. At least on our side of the Alps, it's a great year for ski de randonnée and a rubbish one for early hiking. My mate Hervé, who loves both, was out skiing on 50cm of fresh powder last Friday. At this time of year he should be skiing on icy crust, due to it all melting. Damn... I've got so much lined up. I'd like to do some bits of this high level circuit of the Valais (in French, I'm afraid, but great photos).

http://www.randonner-leger.org/forum...c.php?id=27168

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Just to come back to the issue of snow cover. At least on our side of the Alps, it's a great year for ski de randonnée and a rubbish one for early hiking. My mate Hervé, who loves both, was out skiing on 50cm of fresh powder last Friday. At this time of year he should be skiing on icy crust, due to it all melting. Damn... I've got so much lined up. I'd like to do some bits of this high level circuit of the Valais (in French, I'm afraid, but great photos).

http://www.randonner-leger.org/forum...c.php?id=27168

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It looks awesome! Not sure if I'll ever be in shape to walk for 30 days in a row, but ambitious goals are nice to have.

I've decided on an idiot-proof strategy to avoid snow, and chosen a route in the lowlands, but close to the mountains. I'll walk the Chemin du Vignoble from Martigny to Leuk. 75 km in 4 days which is one day longer than my current maximum, but the elevation is much lower than last summer's walks; the forecast for the end of the week looks good, I think it's going to be a pleasant little outing while the guys are at Playmobile Funpark.
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