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Report 1021: Switzerland in Slow Motion: 100 Miles on the Alpine Pass Route

By Kaydee from Tennessee, Summer 2005

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Page 19 of 19: Reflections on the Alpine Pass

photo by Kathy Wood

Just another photo opportunity on the Alpine Pass Route (above Lenk)

Since we've now done four long-distance walks in Europe, it's natural to make comparisons, especially between the Alpine Pass walk and the Coast-to-Coast walk in England. The C2C required more fortitude: twice the distance, several days of 15 plus miles, 16 days of walking with only one day off versus 11 walking days and one rest day on the Alpine Pass. Both walks involved variable weather conditions, days of rain and heavy fog. On the Alpine Pass, however, we also had to think about snow!

The biggest challenge on the Alpine Pass walk was the mountains. We encountered mountains in northern England, but the Alpine Pass walk involved serious mountains... big ones! Most days we were pushed to climb at least 3,000 feet, and then walk down a similar distance. Several sections required great care. Fortunately, we have become more experienced hikers over the past three years; we would not have been able to do this walk a few years ago.

The scenery in Switzerland was absolutely spectacular on a clear day... truly breathtaking: a bright blue sky; vibrant green fields; mountain peaks in every direction, many covered with snow; rugged grey glaciers; grazing cows, sheep, goats, and even llamas; colorful wildflowers blanketing fields and mountainsides; and quaint and welcoming alpine villages. We also really liked the food in Switzerland - always important!

We especially enjoyed the friendships we developed with other walkers. We've always enjoyed meeting people on our walks, and Al, Kris and Phil were wonderful companions who really enhanced our trip.

Most of all, as always, we enjoyed the experience as a family, seeing a beautiful part of Europe in slow motion, having an adventure, and accomplishing something difficult together. This was exactly the grande finale we hoped we'd have to our 14-month Grand Tour of Europe.

(And in case you're wondering... for our 2006 walk we are heading to Ireland to walk the Kerry Way, only 50 miles this time!)

Resources

Adler Sporthotel

Alpine Pass Route (guidebook by Kev Reynolds)

Alsace in Slow Motion (Wood family walking trip)

Berggasthaus Golderli

England in Slow Motion (Wood family walking trip)

Golden Pass Scenic Train

Hotel Baer

Hotel Banklialp

Hotel Bernerhof

Hotel Engstlenalp

Hotel Krone

Hotel Landhaus

Hotel Lauberhorn

Hotel Silberhorn

Our Grand Tour of Europe (Wood Family trip)

Sherpa Expeditions - Alpine Pass Route

Sherpa Expeditions home page

Swiss Rail Passes

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