Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cabane du Plafleuri to Arolla

Another amazing day of sights and sounds. We left the “Horrible Hut” and took a day to hike with a couple Australians and a Brit. We got a little lost, tried to cross a river (reconsidered after pondering death), hiked up a wall of rocks, climbed about 100 feet of ladders, hiked down miles and miles to the best hotel of our stay, The Grand Hotel and Kurhaus. We treated ourselves to a dinner of Raclette, got our laundry done and had a real shower! Heaven on earth! All was good except Beverly’s feet.

The First Cabane – Mont Fort in Verbier

A light day of hiking after a hair raising bus trip then a train then a gondola and then a short two hour hike to Cabane du Mont Forte in Verbier.

The Cabane was on the top of a rock overlooking the valley. From the Cabane we took the high route to Col Termine to Cabane de Prafleuri a.k.a. The Horrible Hut. We saw everything from Ibex to Marmots. A long, tough, scary hike but all the scenery made it worth it!

 

Climbing Upstream to Champex

A quarter of the way through our hike from Trient to Champex, a man comes running down the trail towards us, then another man, then another. WTF? Turns out that today was a 50 km race through the Alps. Those first hundred guys were flying over rocks, cows and sometimes us! There were literally thousands of spandex wearing, hiking pole wielding runners along the trail for miles and miles. It was amazing to see.

Friday an Ultra Marathon starts and people do parts of the Haute Route starting in Italy going through Switzerland and ending in Mt Blanc. The fastest runner should complete the race in 19 hours. We should run into these runners on Saturday on our way to Zermatt. In the meantime, we are burning up our own trails. A lovely day two.

Premiere Jour/Ersten Tag/First Day

After weeks of rain in Switzerland and weeks of worrying about the rain in Switzerland, we started our first day of hiking under sunny skies.

We made all the train connections, stayed on the right trails and found our hotel! Off to a good start.

What can we say…Die Schweiz is as beautiful as ever and Beverly’s FreDeutschlish is still a mystery to the locals.