Johannes, Daniele, Katerina and I snuck off to Bregenz after work to try out the new Känzele via Ferrata that was opened in August 2016 by the Austrian Alpine Club (Alpenverein Vorarlberg). The route is mostly graded C/D with an option to take an easier B/C section in the middle. Of course if you opt for this route you still have the C/D at the top. It’s all new (2016) so the safety ropes, steps etc. are in top condition. The climb only takes about 20 minutes so it’s perfect for after work if you live somewhere nearby.
Above: The topo. courtesy of not me…
Above left: We headed to Bregenz after work and did the Känzele Klettersteig. Above middle: It’s quite civilised and includes a park bench half way up. Above right: It ends with a C/D section. Katerina and Daniele, the via feratta experts, stormed up to the top.
Above: Johannes loved it. Especially the last section!
Leonie, Timo, and I went for a wander up Hundstein (2157 m) near Säntis in the Alpstein massif.
This is what it looked like…
Above left: We went for a walk with Timo around the Säntis area (Alpstein Massif) in Switzerland. Above middle: There were lakes and whatnot. Above right: We ended up heading up to Hundstein.
Above left: The views were nice. Above middle: Although scrambly in one part it was quite do-able. We ascended from the Fälensee which is easier than the route up from Widderalp saddle. Above right: Slog, slog, slog.
Above: Proof that we made it to the top.
It took about 8.5 hours from car-to-car with a stop at a hut for a drink.
Above: Here’s a map showing our route.
After not much sleep we got up horribly early and caught the 5:50 am bus to Lillehammer. We spent a few hours there at the lake in the sunshine eating our remaining food and trying to use the rest of the cooker fuel. We took the train to Oslo airport in the afternoon and wheeled our packed bikes on the trolleys provided out to one of the car parks where we pitched the tent in the bushes for the night.
Above left and middle: At the Lillehammer station after packing our bikes into their bags. Above right: Eating something outside Oslo airport.
We crawled out of our tent and got ready. It was cold in the valley but once we crossed the river and climbed a little we reached the sun. It was a perfect weather day. Even more perfect than yesterday. We headed up to Galdhøpiggen, the highest peak in Norway (and not at all technical) with a large horde of other tourists. Most were very slow so we passed them.
The view from the summit was very nice. Steep cliffs and glaciers. We ate our Lom bread further down and arrived back down at the car park 6 hours after we started. After packing up our tent we had a delicious descent back down the gravel road to the main road. It was probably the most enjoyable riding of the whole trip. Lots of rolling, nice and warm, great scenery.
We rode back into town arriving after the bakery had closed but luckily one of the women closing the til out the front let us in and I came back out with two loaves of fruit and nut. Victory a second time.
We camped down by the lake in Lom in the evening and did battle with the mosquitos.
Above left: We headed up to Galdhøpiggen with the hordes of tourists doing the same. It took about 3 hours to the top at what was a fairly easy pace for us. Above middle: The views from the summit were nice. There is quite a drop from the summit to the glaciers below on one side. The route that we followed was not at all technical though. Above right: We headed back down to Lom from Spiterstulen after climbing Galdhøpiggen. The descent was nice. The gravel road was mostly smooth with a few potholes to make things a bit more interesting.
Above: We found a spot down by the river just outside of Lom to camp for the evening.
We hurried off to the bakery in the morning only to find that we had been foiled again. The fruit and nut bread would not be ready until after lunch. Oh dear. We went to the tourist information and re-planned the rest of our holiday around the bread. As you do.
We went for a walk for a couple of hours in the hills above Lom while the bakery baked. The weather was perfect, nice and warm, and not a cloud. The views of the surrounding hills were very nice.
We headed back to the bakery at 2 pm only to be told that the bread was now too warm to be sold. We gave up and bought an olive bread instead. As we were leaving I went in to reserve a loaf of fruit bread for tomorrow, but was surprised to find that they were now selling it. Norway mission accomplished!
We packed the bread and started riding up the valley in the sunshine on a quiet side road. We then turned onto the b55 and later headed up towards Spiterstulen. The plan was to spend the night there and do some walking the next day.
The road after leaving the b55 if gravel and ascends to about 1000 m. We took a break along the way and some nosey calves came to check us out. They took an unhealthy liking to our fruit bread and Leonie had to sacrifice some of our walnut bread to be able to lead them away while I frantically repacked.
We fluffed around looking for a camp site at the road end. There were a million other tourists and a little village of tents. We found a spot further down the river and cooked a curry and drank hot chocolate. Important things.
Above left: After failing a second time to get Lom fruit and nut bread we settled for walnut. Above right: We went for a walk into the hills while the bakery was baking our fruit and nut bread.
Above left: The views into the valley were nice. Above right: We hid our bikes around the back of this little shack before we went walking.
Above left: We took a break. Above right: Disaster! Three nosey calves tried to make off with our Lom fruit and nut bread and also showed unhealthy interest in my shoes and inner soles.
Above left: The road up to Spiterstulen was 18 km long and gravel but quite nice to ride. Above middle: It took us a while to cycle up to Spiterstulen and we arrived in the evening. Above right: There were a bunch of Rudolphs down by the river.
Above left: We spent quite some time fluffing around trying to find a place to camp. Above right: This is the view into the Jotunheimen National Park from Spiterstulen.