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.
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.
After having finished the Rigimarsch a couple of years ago, it was time again to push the 50 km through the night in order to finish early in the morning on the Rigi. This event is well organized: 2000 people started around 7-8pm in order to be on the top of the Rigi the next morning around 8-9am – roughly 50 km and a total height of 1550 meters needed to be covered. Out of the 2000 starters, 1650 finished the trip which demonstrates clearly that the Swiss are serious mountain folks.
Packrafting on the Aare River is fun and a comparatively easy task due to the simplicity of the river between the cities of Thun and Bern.
Zurich offers plenty of possibilities for Packrafting folks – therefore, I’m still wondering why there is no commercial offering for packrafting trips in (and around) Zurich. Perhaps this is something the Zurich Tourism Office will pick up in the future?
Recently, we were enjoying the evening sun on the Zurich lake in our packrafts before heading down the Limmat towards Dietikon. This is an easy trip which basically requires basic paddling skills only. Solely the transport ferries represent a risk to packrafting folks.
After having paddled the Reuss river already in 2013, I spent the Saturday with two friends to go down this nice and calm river from Bremgarten until Gebenstorf. It’s a perfect distance for a 1-day trip and can be reached in roughly 30 minutes from Zurich by public transport.