An intended short stroll became a rather long walk around the entire Goose Spit which also accommodates a military base. That base becomes a summer camp playground every year with many teenagers running around. Continue reading “Goose Spit Park”
After an interesting chat with Colin, the hotel’s owner and a person with character, we started our hike around (most of) the island. From the hotel, we walked through the Ecological Park and soon crossed the highest point of the island Continue reading “Cormorant Island Hike”
A two-day hike on the Kyoto Trail (the Kitayama East section) with my mountain buddy Sano-san.
Since I have heard of this trail in Fushimi Inari a couple of years ago, the Kyoto Trail was on my hiking to do list. Continue reading “The Kyoto Trail Hike: Day 1”
Zermatt (1620m) – Alterhaupt Edelweiss (1961m) – Trift (2337m) – Schweifinen (2503m) – Zermatt / 900m ascent / 900m descent / 13 km / 6 hrs
After going through beautiful houses with balcony full of cheerful flowers in the east side of Zermatt, we found a path, leading steep uphill to the restaurant Alterhaupt Edelweiss. It perches on the rock above Zermatt, its white building visible from anywhere. Continue reading “Edelweissweg & Wisshornweg (Trift)”
Convinced that the famous Matterhorn is the most beautiful mountain in the world, Yasuko’s birthday wish was to spend a few days in Zermatt. Our friend Patrick was so kind to let us stay at his studio with a fantastic view of that magnificent mountain. Continue reading “Hörnlihütte (3260m)”
Blauherd – Stellisee – Fluhalp – Findeln – Winkelmatt
It started in the complete fog, when we got out of the gondola at Blauherd this morning…. Continue reading “Findeln Glacier hike & Chez Vrony”
Trockener Steg – Hirli – Schwarzsee / 7km, not much up and down
This trail is a fantastic walk so very close to the towering peak of the Matterhorn. The weather was changing rapidly from grey to shiny blue and then foggy. Continue reading “Matterhorn Glacier Trail”
Älplibahn Bergstation (1801 m) – Vilan (2376 m) – Älplibahn Bergstation (1801 m), 12km
A fantastic summer day with blue sky – a perfect day to go up the Vilan, one of the most impressive mountain viewpoints in the Prättigau.
A very cute funicular Älplibahn with a capacity of only 8 passengers, operated by local volunteers, took us to the station at 1800m from Malans.
After some steep uphill hike on the ridge (I tried not to look down!), we arrived at the summit and was rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas! The entire Prättigau valley in front, the majestic rocky mountain range of Schesaplana, Drusenfluh and Sulzfluh at left, and the wide valley of Chur and beyond. Behind us, the Rhein Valley with the backdrop of the Churfirsten. Simply magnificent!
With an amazing view, a quaint and historical funicular, friendly staff and nice home-made cakes at the funicular station restaurant, it was a satisfying outing!
La Châble (821m) – Les Ruinettes (2195m) – Cabane du Mont Fort (2457m) – Col des Vaux (2705m)
Continue reading “The Haute Route – Day 5, August 26”