Indianer via Ferrata

Leonie and I went and checked out the Indianer via Ferrata in Netstal, Switzerland. It’s a fairly short C rated route with some nice things like a tunnel through the rock, a tower, and a flying fox (zip line). It’s a 15 minutes walk to the start of the route from the road. There’s also a couple of sport climbing routes at the start.

The route ascends for maybe 15 m/20 m and then there is a telephone stuck to the rock. Interesting…

Following this you climb through a tunnel in the rock and then ascend steeply again. Another ascent and you’re standing on a tower of rock with the Swiss flag. From there, there is a bit of a scramble down and around one side of the tower to a “flying fox”/”zip line” or whatever the internationally accepted English word for this is. Leonie found this section a little unpleasant but I think she was pleased to have done it all the same.

According to The Internet the next section was supposed to be a little more difficult. Leonie opted to take the emergency exit, an option that took her quickly to the end of the via ferrata. After taking this option with her I returned and finished the rest of the normal route. It was a little more difficult but not too bad. I think it would feel a bit sustained for people who don’t regularly go sport climbing. The last section was very slightly overhanging and required some arms.

From the top we followed the path back down to the car park below. A very nice via ferrata. Well worth doing.

View from below (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Walking to the start (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Leonie staying connected (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)

Above left: The via ferrata starts on the left hand side behind the tower, climbs up onto the tower, crosses to the main rock and then traverses around to the flat rightwards facing slab before ascending to the top. Above middle: It’s about a 15 minute walk from the road to the start of the via ferrata. Above right: Leonie tested the telephone about 20 metres into the climb. It seemed to be out of order.

Climbing through the hole (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Leonie looks up (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Leonie waiting below (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)

Above (1): Just after the telephone there is a climb through a tunnel in the rock. Above (2): Then it heads up again. Above (3): Leonie waited as I went up to inspect.

Leonie climbing (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)

Above: I belayed Leonie on parts to keep her feeling safe-ish.

View towards the mountains (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)View across to Leonie (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Posing guys (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Leonie puts on her happy face (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)

Above (1): The view isn’t bad. Above (2): We climbed up onto a tower and then down slightly and around the side of the rock. I was happy to be clipped into the metal rope as it felt quite exposed. We climbed around to a flying fox that Leonie thought looked a bit spooky. It did feel a bit spooky but once I was over the side all was fine. Above (3): Some Swiss guys waited for us on the tower while we sorted ourselves out on the flying fox. Above (4): Leonie didn’t really have such a happy face as she slid across but it was just a short distance across the void.   Climbing on the other side (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Taking the emergency exit 2 (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Notausgang makes for smiles (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Guys in front (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)

Above (1): Leonie looked a bit happier on the other side. Above (2):  The Swiss flag flapped in the breeze as we took the short cut to the end. Above (3): Happy face again. Above (4): I went back down and completed the via feratta following the two Swiss guys.

 Looking down (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)Looking up (Indianer Klettersteig Oct 2016)

Above left: Looking down. Above right: The last section was steep and a little sustained. It probably helps if you’ve been climbing a bit recently. Luckily that was the case.

Känzele via Ferrata

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.

Känzele Klettersteig Topo

Above: The topo. courtesy of not me…

Johannes on the via ferrata (Känzele Klettersteig)Taking a break at the bench (Känzele Klettersteig)The last section (Känzele Klettersteig)

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.

Johannes on the last section (Känzele Klettersteig)

Above: Johannes loved it. Especially the last section!

Hundstein

Leonie, Timo, and I went for a wander up Hundstein (2157 m) near Säntis in the Alpstein massif.

This is what it looked like…

More walking (Hundstein Sept 2016)Leonie beside a lake (Hundstein Sept 2016)View down towards the lake (Hundstein Sept 2016)

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.

Another nice view (Hundstein Sept 2016)Leonie walk walk (Hundstein Sept 2016)Timo walk walk (Hundstein Sept 2016)

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.

Taking a rest at the summit (Hundstein Sept 2016)

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.

Hundstein walk September 2016

Above: Here’s a map showing our route.

Norway 2016 – Day 16

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.

Leonie at the Lillehammer train station (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Waiting at the train station in Lillehammer (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)At Oslo airport (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left and middle: At the Lillehammer station after packing our bikes into their bags. Above right: Eating something outside Oslo airport.

Norway 2016 – Day 15

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.

Cris and snow below (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Cris and snow (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Riding down the gravel road (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

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.

Leonie and tent (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above: We found a spot down by the river just outside of Lom to camp for the evening.