On a solo hike today, no music in my ears except the cow bells. I wandered all over, no specific plan except to fill the three hours I had. No other hikers on this quiet Monday, only one fisherman and a few cattlehands.
The last time I was here, the lake was half frozen and we entertained ourselves skidding rocks across the ice. This time I was in awe of the thick tall lush lime green grasses growing in the marshes. It felt otherworldly.
I had one almost fail when I encountered a huge uprooted tree blocking the trail. I climbed over the big trunk only to find the top of the tree blocking the next section. The branches were so massive and tangled, I couldn't cross. I hiked back up to the trunk and attempted to by-pass this obstacle by taking an ill-advised long "shortcut" down the steep slope covered in prickly vines. After slipping a couple times and almost tripping down face first, I was wishing for a hiking buddy and my sticks. I emerged full of prickles but otherwise unscathed. Whew!
We've been to this area a few times before but only did the short walk around the lake. This time I walked way up the high alpine valley to peek at the peaks on the other side. I really wanted to keep hiking all the way over to the neighboring Klöntalersee, but not sure how I'd get back. Now I've got some maps and bus schedules to study, my kind of fun.
LIVE FROM THE TRAIL - We made it to the beautiful summer village of Gruben, the first German speaking village on the Haute Route. Our 11 hour day was tough. We unsuccessfully tried to find a shortcut -- bus, gondola, hitchhike -- so had to eat extra cheese and chocolate to power us through 😀 My trail report is available now (link in bio). Read about the challenges I had while hiking the Haute Route for the first time and what I've done about it to help future Haute Route hikers. #uncut#unedited#hauteroute#hiking
LIVE FROM THE TRAIL - A night at the stunning Cabane de Moiry is a real treat on the hike from Chamonix to Zermatt. On a beautiful sunny day, I share how our uneven hiking itinerary made us try (unsuccessfully!) to find shortcuts along the way...it didn't help that we took a wrong turn on the trail and added extra time on what was meant to be a short day 😂 My trail report is available now (link in bio). Read about the challenges I had while hiking the Haute Route for the first time and what I've done about it to help future Haute Route hikers. #uncut#unedited#hauteroutehiking#cabanemoiry#moiryglacier