So today I decided to try out my my mountain man skills and do a bit of hiking. I had planned on doing all of this by myself, but as I said, I ran into three guys at the hostel and we decided to do the morning hike together. They were catching a train out of town in the afternoon so from there I would head back to Gimmelwald solo. I hadn't really hung out with any guys for an extended period of time on the trip so it was a nice change of pace for me. Our path was basically the reverse of how I got to Gimmelwald except there would be no lifts or buses. We would hike it.
The day was split into thirds essentially. First part was a 2000 foot hike down to a town called Stechelberg, followed by a nice little walk on the valley floor to Lauterbrunnen where I would leave the other guys, and then a nice strong finish up 2000 feet to a town called Murren at which point I would take a lift back to Gimmelwald.
So here was the first thing that I saw as I walked out of the hostel. It's a tough life, but I'm willing to sacrifice so you don't have to go through what is obviously nothing less than pure hell over here.
I think I take back what I said yesterday about the Christmas Card. We may have a new name on the leaderboard here.
Here's a shot of my 3 new buds and me from Left to Right:
Josh, Eric, me, and Greg
Learned a lot from these guys about hiking and climbing while we were going, not to mention just enjoyed hanging out. Had a blast fellas and really enjoyed the day. All the best going forward.
I'm sure you've noticed, but the photos are alternating between snow and this. It never snowed while I was there, but the higher up we went, the more likely we were to see the white stuff that had fallen previous to my arrival. This was obviously lower to the valley.
Here's a detail shot of a glacier that's on the Jungfrau. You can tell it's a glacier by the bluish tint that the ice has. I don't know if you can see it here, but most of the peaks have a couple of these hanging out near the top.
So once I got to the clearing, I was under the impression that I was finishing up. Oh how wrong I was. Turns out the hardest part was coming up. The first leg was going up but at least there was no snow and ice. This part was basically the same thing but with the white stuff. Don't get me wrong it was beautiful (as you can see), but it was a little slower going as I had to watch my footing.
This was what the path looked like. Thankfully the snow was there because it was much easier to get my footing as opposed to the bare rock which was icy. When I finished, I was never so glad to see concrete in my life.
The scenery was absolutely gorgeous and I had a great day on the mountainside. Very rewarding part of the trip and now I can say I've hiked in the Alps. After 5 or 6 hours of doing this, it's safe to say I slept fairly well that night.
Tomorrow I take a scenic train from Interlaken to a little town called Montreaux on the East Bank of Lake Geneva. See you then. . .