The forecast was already bad – but nevertheless, we decided to spend the day on hiking up the Roggenstock (1778m) and have a look at the geological trail that offers a lot of information around the geological background of this area.
The Pilatus Mountain, close to the town of Lucerne, provides amazing views into the higher Alps as well as towards the lower north. Recently, we crossed parts of the mountain range beginning in the morning at the Mittaggüpfi (1917m) then continuing towards Tomlishorn (2128m) and ending on the Pilatus Kulm (2119m) close to midday.
When talking with people about hiking deserts, I often get the question “what do you bring with you in order to be able to handle the harsh environment?”. Within this blog post, I want to introduce my Top 5 gear items I brought to the high deserts of South America.
A few weeks ago I spent some time in the Silvretta Glacier region to refresh and extend my basic mountaineering skills. The basecamp was the Silvretta mountain hut owned by the SAC.
In Part 1 of this blog posting series, we covered the aspects of planning a desert hiking trip at home. We discussed the different tools and techniques that are available and also covered the important aspects to keep in mind while planning the route. We now know how to use Google Maps, Google Earth, OpenStreetMap for our purposes and know the strengths & weaknesses of the different tools.