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Iron Trail T41

On Friday the 14th of August, after work, I travelled by train to Davos for the Iron Trail T41.

Me and my girlfriend rented an apartment for the night. After settling down in the apartment we went right away for dinner, pasta, pizza and bruschetta were our dishes for the evening.

The Circular Alpine Marathon Route passes through the most beautiful Alps of Graubünden. From the start in Davos, it leads over the Schatz Alp to the picturesque Stafel Alp, and with splendid views of this area, up to the Furgga meadows. From there, the trail continues over the Strela Pass and back down to Davos.

Lenght: 42.3 km

Elevation: +/– 2290m

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Morgenhorn – Wissy Frau – Bluemisalp traverse

From the 16th of July till the 19th of July we planned a four days mountaineering adventure, with the traverse of the 3 peaks on the Bluemisalphorn massif, as well as the climb of the Gspaltenhorn.

I joined the group on Thursday morning at the Blüemisalphutte, leaving from Kandersteg with the cable car up to the Oeschinensee (1600 m) and then fast walk up to the Blüemisalphutte (2840 m), in 2 hours.

 

After lunch we went on the glacier next to the hut and refreshed a bit of Ice Climbing techniques, as well as challenging each other on who could to the top of a ice wall with the least swings, the loser later payed for drinks!

Friday, the alarm went off at 3.00am, quick breakfast and then we set off.

We follow normal route by ascending Morgenhorn via the NW Ridge. This PD route starts at the Blümlisalphütte and ascends the Morgenhorn Glacier to the NW Ridge which is then climbed directly in about 3.5 hours from the hut.

From the summit of the Morgenhornn we followed the narrow corniced ridge tod the summit of the Weisse (Wyssi) Frau. This ridge is rated PD+ and takes one to two hours depending on conditions.

The most interesting part of the traverse is the portion from the summit of the Weisse (Wyssi) Frau to the Blümlisalphorn (Northeast Ridge of the Blümlisalphorn). This is a marvelous wavy narrow corniced ridge involving two places of descent and some delicate climbing. This portion is rated AD and requires two to four hours depending on conditions.

We then descended via the NW Ridge of the Blümlisalphorn (PD) then back across the glacier to the Blümlisalphütte. The ridge is straight forward, but caution to the down sloping limestone slabs near its base. These are very treacherous when snow covered and/or icy. (summitpost.org)

To complete the traverse it took us around 9 hours, by noon we were back at the hut enjoying a fresh beer with some rösti. After dinner everyone went to bed pretty early, so did I. Unfortunately in the night and the following day 5 people were sick, I therefore decided to go back home in the afternoon.

 

Ambrì Sotto to Ronco (Valle Bedretto)

Last week-end I was in the mountain house in Ambrì, unfortunately on Saturday the weather was bad and I therefore relaxed and rest in the house. However, for Sunday the weather forecast was looking way better, so with my family we decided to go for lunch to a great restaurant in Ronco, close to Bedretto.

The restaurant is called Chalet Stella Alpina, it is a very nice old house, lovely refurbished into a great little hotel with Spa and terraces overlooking the Bedretto Valley. The Hotel is athletes friendly, in the summer loads of cyclists and hikers and winter ski-mountaineers, as well as offering a great choice (80% of the menu) of very tasty and amazing vegan dishes. To try the vegan risotto or the home made pasta!

Chalet Stella Alpina

Chalet Stella Alpina

I then decided to join my family at the restaurant by running from Ambrì.

Route description:

  • Ambrì (975 m)
  • Gioett (1440 m)
  • Pian Taiöi (1668 m)
  • Alpe Ravina (1775 m)
  • Pesciüm (1745 m)
  • Strada degli Alpi to Cna della Croce (1637 m)
  • Cantina di Folcra (1747 m) down to Schiavù (1459 m)
  • Ronco (1487 m)

Length: 26km

Elevation gain: +1500 – 1000 ca.

Duration (running): 3h 24min

Great route that can also be shortened if from Airolo you take the cable car up to Pesciüm. Very nice scenarios and different farms, loads of hikers, route well marked.

Equipment:

  • Light and fast
  • Trail running outfit

Here is the route on map: Ambri_Ronco_Map