Swiss people are proud of their mountains. And rightly so. As peaks go, they have some of the very best.
Then, this weekend, Zoe and I headed to Bannalp, just north of Engelberg – proper mountain territory. And this time it was proper hiking. Meticulously connected public transport got us painlessly to a cable car which took us up to 1713m. And the weather was perfect. Zoe had planned a combination of two routes. A gentle uphill and then a descent on a route classified as “difficult” though I was assured we were skipping out the tricky bit. The climb up to 1951m wasn’t too tough and we were rewarded with a seemingly endless view of the glacial valley below. It was truly breath-taking (probably as we’re not very fit).
The thing is, as we’re not Swiss, we hadn’t quite got our plans right. The descent of almost 1,000m turned out to be THE tricky bit of the route and though we had planned lunch in a quaint little “Hütte” on the mountainside, one never emerged. So, I’m not going to lie, it was tough going. My knees are still sore from acting as brakes the whole way down. But I tell you what, it was worth it. The great outdoors, the fresh air, the incredible views, the repeated “Grüezi”s from passers by – it all made for a great experience and a sense of achievement at the end. If you want to feel reinvigorated then I now know what to recommend: take a hike.
Hope you like the pics,
Mike Stuart moved to Switzerland in 2013 when his better half Zoë landed a job in Zurich.