Better than grumbling about the weather

People not living in north Switzerland might have troubles understanding this situation 😛 The weather in the last couple of weeks is really messed up. Weather forecasts telling you that there is rain all week and a day can be like: raining cats and dogs in the morning, at lunch it is sunny and too warm to wear a jacket, in the evening it rains again…

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Today I decided to find another geocache that is near our living place. Geocaching is the most popular puzzle game in nature, I started with this some years ago (sorry I still wrote in German back then). Looking at the description, I thought that should be a simple one. So I invited my mum to join me.

The location of the cache we found pretty fast and I was able to see him up in the trees. Trying to get TO the cache was another thing. “We ought NOT to climb, but to find a tool”, it said in the description. Out of the blue it started pouring. In a matter of seconds we were drenched with water! We tried hiding in the bushes, but it was kinda late 😀

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Finally I found a stick and was able to get the cache. Unfortunately there was a more clever construction behind it than I expected. You would just need to pull down the cache, log your visit and it goes up again by itself. I took out the whole thing :-/ Next challenge: Getting the cache back into it’s position.

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I ended up climbing up the tree without my shoes… WHATEVER you don’t have not to climb!

The whole thing was so funny because today in the morning I was depressed because of the weather. Not again! We already had enough rain this week! I’m glad I did not stay at home and just grumble about it. Making the best out of a terrible situation was easier than I thought!

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Link to the cache: fjordeWetzikon #2 ChÀmtnerbach

Swiss mountain brother hike

Our parents had the most genius idea ever! Going on vacation a week before Christmas. Escaping the Christmas shopping stress. My older brother and I wanted to go on a hike. While I needed to prepare for a military march in January we decided to choose a more difficult trail and sleep in a CAS (Club Alpin Suisse, they are open all year and very cheap!) hut up in the mountains. Our goal was to reach Capanna Campo Tencia, near Faido before sunset…

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We ended up hiking 31 km, 12 hours, and going up 2000 m.

Map, sleeping bag, gloves, snow gaiters, camera, tripod, shoes, hat, food, … my backpack:

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Our journey started in Ambri, about 15km away from the Italian borders. As you can see it was going up really steep already in the beginning. Here 600 m:

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Later on we also had more difficult parts like this “wall” here. We almost had to climb. Luckily we “only” had to go to the right and not move up too much (see at the picture).

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We walked by a beautiful, frozen lake (Lago Tremorgio, 1770 m a.s.l.). It made funny noises just by itself (from breaking ice layers) and was even more amusing when we threw some big rocks on the surface. (It sounded like the groaning of a whale) 😀

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Having a small break at 2138 m above sea level at Passo Venett:

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Frozen lake with snow on it, Laghetto Campolungo, 2260 m a.s.l. In the picture below we were standing in the middle of the lake:

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Suddenly at around five o’clock the sun was going down, very beautiful but I thought very dangerous. It gets dark really fast we soon we needed to put our head lights on. We were about 2 hours behind our schedule and knew that we were still far away from the hut. Until now were hiking in a more calm pace and then started to walk with a more determined speed, afraid of loosing orientation.

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This picture was taken before reaching a side hill of Pizzo Lei di Cima (at 2480 m a.s.l.). It was getting dark.

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As long as the moon was in our sight, we were able to see where it was going, but soon it was covered by a thick layer of clouds. In the midst of darkness and weary leg muscles we lost our path. We had lost track of the trail signals, painted on the stones. Instead of moving slowly and try to find back to the path we almost ran down to where we thought it was the right direction. We ended up having to  to walk 2 hours back up the mountain and look for the signals again!!img_4950

At 21:02, about three hours behind schedule we found the hut. We had water, a fire place, a kitchen to prepare our food and comfortable matresses to sleep on. We made it!!

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My brother (right) and me before the hut the next morning:

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Hiking down the next day we saw the hut from the opposite site where we have come from the night before:

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Ice in the ground. Never seen that before and looked so gorgeous!

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Below snow line again. It was getting warmer but still cold enough to freeze a little stream that was going down the path here.

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It was a marvelous experience hiking up in the mountains like that. My first experience so far in a setting like this. We are looking forward to more stuff like that!

Gotthardpass Velotour – Tag 2

Ihr könnt euch ja selber ausrechnen, wie viele Stunden wir ohne IsoliermĂ€ttli geschlafen haben. Mehr als drei Finger braucht ihr dazu nicht 😛 Etwas mĂŒhsam rappelten wir uns also auf und packten unser Zeug zusammen. Nun ging es ca. 15 Kilometer alles durab bis nach Schwyz.

Hier die Stelle, wo wir ĂŒbernachtet haben. Rechts ein kleiner Teich, an der letzte Nacht anscheinend ein sehr berĂŒhmtes Frosch-Konzert stattgefunden hat..
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In Schwyz haben wir fĂŒr den Tag eingekauft und sind dann weitergefahren, bis an den VierwaldstĂ€ttersee. Wir gönnten uns im Schatten eine kleine Pause. Tolle Aussicht 😀
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Jetzt ging es ein StĂŒck bergauf, dem See entlang. Es gibt hier viele Auto,- Töff und Veloverkehr und sogar ein Empfehlungsschild fĂŒr Velofahrer, diese Route mit dem Zug zu fahren. Wir, unvernĂŒnftig (bzw. mit wenig Geld) fahren weiter. Das VelowĂ€gli ist sehr schmal und die Autos, LastwĂ€gen, Töffs fahren sehr schnell. Wenigstens ist die Aussicht schön :’)
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Nach Altdorf wurde das Tal immer enger und es hatte sich dort die heisse Luft gestaut. Das war ĂŒbel. Das Schweiss lief, wie bei einem Wasserfall. In Amsteg angekommen lagen wir platt. Es war schwĂŒhl und sehr heiss.

Doch das beste kam erst: Die ganze Strecke heute bis hier hin ging mehr oder weniger bergab. Laut Karte geht es ab hier nur noch bergauf. Das schwierigste StĂŒck von heute hatten wir also noch vor uns.

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Gotthardpass Velotour – Tag 1

Endlich ging es los! Wir waren beide so gespannt und aufgeregt. Wir konnten allerdings erst nach 12 Uhr losfahren, da ich wegen der JAE Fiesch Tagung nÀchste Woche noch einige Dinge abklÀren musste.

Voll getankt mit Energie und Freude sattelten wir also die FahrrÀder und fuhren von Wetzikon nach Rapperswil los. Die Strecke konnte ich schon, wussten also wo durch.
Bald haben wir dann das ZĂŒrcher Oberland verlassen und den ZĂŒrisee ĂŒberquert:
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Ab dann ging es steil den Feusisberg hoch.
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Irgendwo in der NĂ€he von Schindellegi gönnten wir uns eine Pause. Die drĂŒckende Hitze machte uns zu schaffen.
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Nach Schindellegi ging es mehrheitlich durab und wir bekamen langsam einen Vorgeschmack auf die Schönheit der Schweizer Berge 🙂

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First on the Road 2

Heute fand die 2. First on the Road Challenge statt, welche ich auf dacadoo.com erstellt habe. Dieses Mal hatte ich aber nicht so viel Konkurenz, wie beim letzten Mal. Das grösste “Problem” war die Sonne, die ganz oben am Himmel stand und versuchte jeden Sportler zu erschmelzen 😛

Trotzdem machte es Spass, wieder mal in der Natur joggen zu gehen.
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An diesem Tag gingen gerade Mal zwei andere Mitstreiter auch joggen, es war wirklich sehr heiss. Ich wurde erster. wuhuuu! 😀