Saturday, March 01, 2014

Snowshoeing from Madulain to Berguen

This was a weekend SAC snowshoeing tour lead by Rene B.

It's cloudy, but stable, when we start (after a long trip) in Madulain. The trail leads us up, up out of town, through the light woods, ever climbing until we get to the Alp Belvair. We take a quick break before heading up some more and then contouring around to the West. It's still overcast and the light isn't great for reading the landscape, so we don't necessarily take the most efficient route, but we eventually make it to the Es Cha Huette. The hut is quite nice and we enjoy a good evening there.

Sunday we continue along in the general direction of the summer trail to the Fuorcla Gualdauna. The weather has improved some, so we actually see bits of blue sky and a bit of sun. Nice! We enjoy the view from the pass for a bit before descending into the Albulatal. Now it's along the valley for a while. After a quick lunch break we pass the hospiz at Albulapass and continue until we hit the end and Crap Alp is in sight. The route along the road gets difficult due to snow drifts, so here we backtrack a bit and then head straight down (fun descent through deep snow!) to the valley floor and Crap Alp. Now through the woods, still lightly descending until Preda. Off with the snowshoes, onto the sleds and down the road to Bergün. We end up doing more walking with the sleds than we'd like at the beginning, but eventually we hit a real descent and get to really enjoy the rest of the way down.

From Bergün it's another long trip back home, but we've had a great time and our eyes are quite full.

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