Sunday, January 13, 2008

Snowshoeing: Eggberge -> Biel

Finally a weekend day with decent weather! So it was off to the Alps with the snowshoes.

We started by taking the gondola up to Eggberge (1443m), then walked through the woods up to the H├╝enderegg (1874m) where we were going to have lunch with the fantastic view, but the wind was just too cold so we aborted that plan halfway through.
After descending a bit to the Fleschsee (1812m) we decided that we were just having too much fun and enjoying the weather too much to finish the hike via the short route. So we took the longer option and went over the Chalberweid to Zur Gand, then up the steep slope to the Eggen (1951m). It's amusing/frustrating to be plodding up a very steep slope and then to have a group come running past going the other way. :-)

After admiring the views for a while, we ran down the steep slope on the other side (boy was that fun; and there was no one coming up, so no frustration spreading by us), then walked past the Oberalp before joining the well groomed winter hiking path and finishing at the gondola station in Biel (1637m).

Just a fantastic day in the mountains.
Running down the hill in a more or less controlled manner.....

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