Ticino June 2018–Day 1–Flims Klettersteig

We left Lindau on Friday morning and headed towards Locarno in Ticino, Switzerland. We stopped in Flims on the way and did the Flims klettersteig.

We were Sebas, Sam, Brendan and I. It was a sunny day and the ferrata although not hard was quite fun. I did it before in 2009 with a bunch of kiwis.

After returning to the car we drove to Locarno and camped near the river. We were a little dismayed to find that Herr Rehm who joined us in the evening had forgotten the tent pegs. However, with some cunning  we managed to get the tent setup using my canyoning rope and a bit of magic.

On the flims klettersteig (Flims, Switzerland)

Above: We drove to Flims and did the klettersteig there. It was mostly a fun little walk with some interesting steel ladders.

Looking down (Flims, Switzerland)

Above: Funky ladders on the klettersteig.

Historic (Flims, Switzerland)Brendan being Brendan (Flims, Switzerland)

Above left: It’s historic don’t you know. Above right: Brendan striding out ahead.

Walking in the hills (Flims klettersteig)

Above: Nice view on the way back down.

Constructing the tent (Flims, Switzerland)

Above: Herr Rehm forgot the tent poles so we had to use ropes and magic to pitch the tent.

Climbing in Ticino Oct 2017

One of those lost little trips that I never managed to get around to blogging about. It’s now April 2020 so I’m pretty hazy on the details. Maybe I wrote about this trip and it vanished when my PC was hacked in 2018. Who knows?

Leonie and I climbed one of the easy multipitch routes in Ponte Brolla that I first climbed a month earlier during a multipitch climbing course. I don’t really remember much about the weekend except that we had nice warm autumn weather. Leonie climbed well despite her sometimes fear of heights. We both enjoyed it.

Leonie and Cris on the climb (Multipitch in Ticino Oct 2017)View from the climb (Multipitch in Ticino Oct 2017)Looking down to Leonie (Multipitch in Ticino Oct 2017)Leonie starting a climb (Multipitch in Ticino Oct 2017)

1) Leonie and I did an easy multipitch route in Ponte Brolla.

2) It was a nice warm autumn day.

3) Leonie coming up on top rope.

4) Leonie starting another climb a day later.

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017

Leonie and I ran the Transruinaulta Marathon in Switzerland in the weekend. It’s a trail run near-ish Chur. The course runs through a interesting ravine and then up into the hills. Oh yes, lots of hills. 1800 m of climbing in fact.

Instead of a mass start we started by number every 5 seconds which was quite good for not causing a traffic jam on the small trails. Leonie started 10 seconds in front of me and was gone. I didn’t try and keep up with her as I wasn’t sure that my legs would survive a marathon having not run one since the Jungfrau Marathon in 2014. Instead I trotted along at my own pace taking photos and generally not pushing too hard. It all went ok until about the 23 km mark. My legs started to feel pretty sore by that point.

Still I continued hobbling along and only really started suffering horribly around 36 km. Or maybe a bit before.

Leonie finished in just under 5 hours and I finished around 5 hours 18 minutes. I’ll find the exact time when I’m not so lazy. Which isn’t now. I was generally happy that I finished despite the slow time as I haven’t done much in the way of running this year.

If you don’t believe me ask Strava.

Ok, now I’ve found it.

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017 Time: 5:19.45,5 Dst: 42.2 km Height gain: 1800 m Place 202/320 Men overall, 72/95 Men category.