Day of Hiking in the Alps

Trip Start May 18, 2007
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Trip End Jul 18, 2007


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Monday, June 4, 2007

Greetings!

Switzerland has been so kind to us with another great day so we decided to extend our stay one more day to make sure we experienced it all.

Today we took a hike, down the mountain: Murren to Gimmelwald to Stechelberg, and wandered along the river to the gondola station where we caught a bus to Trummelbach Falls.

The hike was amazing! Thank goodness for the outstanding trail markers that the Swiss go to the trouble of placing for us as we needed all of them on the way down! We toodled around Gimmelwald, taking only took a few moments, stopped for a bag of sugar coated almonds and questioned the "horse shit-balls" for sale, but chose to pass on them even though our curiosity was peaked.

For a nice change, so we thought, the trail headed down, curving along the river with many powerful waterfalls to stop and photograph. The trail was, let's just say that steep does not quite describe it. We agreed it was extremely technical and we figured it was about at least a 45 degree angle that dropped 3,000 ft for the majority of the 4 hrs that we spent on the trail. The bottom could not come soon enough and the few folks we met on the trail were in agreement, we will be tired tomorrow!

Once we hit the bottom we continued along the river to the gondola, another couple of miles and were happy to sit down. We had a horrible eating day as we thought there would be food in Gimmelwald - only the sugar-coated almonds! We were starving by the time we hit Stechelberg and had lunch at the Trummelbach Falls restaurant, and it was not our best meal!

We thought we would wander over to the falls for a peek and little did we know that our tour would include a funicular ride up 1,300 ft in a dark rock shaft ascending into the middle of a mountain! You cannot imagine how loud it was in this place - simply thunderous! The water corkscrewed out and around through the rock with such force that it was deafening to us. This is the only accessible enclosed glacier waterfall in Europe but we had to work for it! The tour included a quick ride up but the walk down was up to us and we circled and made our way up and down the dizzying, narrow and dark passageways, which accounted for well over 500 narrow soaking wet stairs to navigate! There are 10 glacier-waterfalls inside this mountain, accessible by tunnel lift. The Trummelbach alone drains the mighty glacier defiles of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau and carries 20,200 tons of boulder debris annually with up to 80,000 gallons of water gushing per second. This is the only glacier-waterfall inside the mountain and still accessible. Not only was the water force tremendous, it was a crystal clear 34 degrees.


Our legs were already shot and after this we were ready to head home to enjoy Swiss Roesti and a welcomed hot sauna. We slept with our Hotel Alpenruh door cracked, fresh Alpine air wafting into our room, listening to the 3000 ft waterfalls cascade and crash down the alps across the valley, while song birds sang us to a much needed sleep.

Tomorrow we have one more day of adventure, Schynige Platte.

Today's walk: 8.1 miles
Total for the journey (97 miles, 18 days)

Love,
Laurie and Ryan

 
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sckaiser
sckaiser on

Why??
I really want to know why you didn't try the Horse Shit Balls????? What in the world?
Well, the pictures are some of the most amazing I've seen. What a thrill to go inside the glacier (I would have been peeing my pants in fright).

Love ya, Sammy

pama
pama on

Thanks for the Travel Treat
Really do enjoy your Colorful Camera Cutie Collections & Combined Colorful Clever Commentary.
Awaiting the 21st Travelogue. The Hotel Alpenruh was aptly named...and the photo was descriptive of the name...Hotel Alp Relaxation.
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POP
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gailandpete
gailandpete on

hmmmmm....
horse shit-balls....I would've passed on that, too! Sammy, we'll talk later! ;)

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