Demanding hiking weekend
During March, the weather in Switzerland went from winter directly to summer. That was my feeling from weekend 30-31st March.
Mysterious hike with Todor
There is a wide variety in hikes on Meetup. One guy is organizing serious hikes, with crazy prerequisites. I thought it will be a perfect fit for me. Did I survive?
Because we wanted to hike to serious altitude without being limited by snow, we went to Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland.
Ticino in one picture - palms, monastery and all signs of Christianity, and high Alps.
Todor, the serious hiker.
The causalities of the hike were:
- Indian guy abandoned in the steep climb. Wearing jeans did not help him.
- British girl with hurting knee and horrible blisters. Wearing high boots did not help her.
- Czech guy with diarrhea close to vomiting - me :(. Running downhill did not help me.
In total, we walked around 30 km with an altitude gain around 2600 m. All my troubles started after running downwards (following others). Anyway, I am joining this group next time, this time I will not slow them down!
On Sunday I went for a shorter hike with Kamila to Amden, above Walensee. It is a ski resort area and quite a unique option, how to easily get to the ridge above the lake.
Snow from the beginning of the hike was a positive surprise, but we went on an official winter trail, so I was fine even with low hiking shoes.
Ridge over Walensee. It is monumental from both sides!
Skiers track all over this mountain :).
Vorder Goggeien - interesting rocks.
Lichtenstein and Austria in background of Alpstein.
Flora is waking up.
Avalanche protection above ski resort.
View over the lake. Lake fountains are popular in Switzerland.
There was a swimming opportunity after this hike. A chance to cool the muscles down :). The water temperature was 9 degrees, enough for not being the only swimmer.