Switzerland is not a poor country. That’s why we have built a new tunnel through the alps for 6.4 billion. That’s only a fraction of the entire project costs of nearly 18 billion and we have decided since to build an additional road tunnel as well.
The weather forecast was horrible. Snowfall, no sun, minus 3 degrees Celsius. Had a look at the profile of the hike: It will go up to 1000 m. There will be snow up there. Got new shoes on Friday, it is funny, nobody in the city of Zurich has Hokas. By now I know what to expect from them as this is my third pair already. I seriously run the other two pairs down in no time.Read More »TST 4: Bern – Langnau
Panic stroked me. The meteorologist on TV explained how to create an ice-lantern and they were warning from incoming much colder weather. I usually wore my warmer gloves on the way to work but they don’t warm my hands enough. I felt the necessity to get warmer gloves.Read More »TST 3: Cudrefin – Bern
It is no longer cool to indicate your mileage. Since somebody ruined the expression you don’t even claim to be a thru-hiker anymore. Even if you are. Instead you claim to be a long-distance hiker. However, I still try to figure out how many miles I would need to do on any given trail to end it within a certain timeframe.
Again, I got up 4 in the morning. I knew it will get extremely cold. It is the Jura after all, well known for being nasty cold in the winter. The forecast predicts temperatures below freezing until lunchtime. Without problems I arrive in Saignelegier.Read More »TST 2: Saignelégier – Neuchâtel
Hiking or running was long overdue. Last weekend I couldn’t do anything because of the weather. It had ice all over the place, just covered by a thin layer of snow. Considering how difficult it is to not fall on all my routes here even in summer weather I deemed it too dangerous.Read More »Jura Crest Trail 5: Ste-Croix – Vallorbe
Date: 15 October 2017 – Mileage: 35 (56 km) – Height: 6870 ft (2050 m)
It’s day three and I am still hungry for miles. Everything works perfect. No pain, whatsoever. They serve the heated-up croissants for breakfast, at least it is the same company that delivers food to Google in Zurich. The lady asks me if everything was OK in my room.Read More »Jura Crest Trail 4: La vue des alpes – Ste-Croix
Date: 14 October 2017 – Mileage: 26 (42 km) – Height: 7041 ft (2146 m)
It is day two of my mini thru-hike. Despite walking 42 miles yesterday I feel fresh and relaxed. My legs perform well, I have no knee pain. The hotel isn’t run down, it is the opposite. The patron tells me that I am the first one this year coming in from Hauenstein.Read More »Jura Crest Trail 3: Frinvillier – La vue des alpes
Date: 13 October 2017 – Mileage: 42 (67 km) – Height: 9068 ft (2764 m)
Yeah! We can go hiking again. The weather is promising – it will not rain once during the next three days. Bonus: It is fall, the leaves on the trees are colored.Read More »Jura Crest Trail 2: Hauenstein – Frinvillier
The Jura Crest trail spans from Dielsdorf to Nyon in Switzerland. It is my follow up project to the Via Alpina. 310 km or 192 miles long, more data about the route can be found here.
There were also other somehow significant developments in my life recently. Read More »Jura Crest Trail 1: Dielsdorf – Hauenstein
As the train rides take longer, they get more expensive. Kandersteg is still reasonable to reach from Zurich. There is an international scouts center in Kandersteg and they are all up in the morning at 7:30.Read More »Via Alpina 6: Kandersteg – Gstaad (into the snow)