Monday, July 31, 2006

Alpstein Trip Day 3: Seealpsee -> Hundsteinhütte

This was a relatively short day from Seealpsee (1144 m) -> Meglisalp (1517 m) -> Widderalpsattel (1856 m) -> Widderalp (1644 m) -> Chalberweid (1340 m) -> Hundsteinhütte (1554 m). Total distance was about 8.5 km.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Alpstein Trip Day 2: Schaefler Hutte to Seealpsee

Day 2 was a long one with lots of up and down:
Schäfler -> Säntis -> Lisengrat -> Rotsteinpass -> Meglisalp -> Seealpsee

The morning was the Schäfler (1923 m) -> Säntis (2503 m) leg (~6km).In the afternoon we did the second bit along Lisengrad to Rotstein pass (1620 m), Meglisap (1517 m), and finally Seealpsee (1144 m). Total distance there is a bit tricky to figure out, but it's about 7 km.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Alpstein Trip Day 1: Wasserauen -> Schaefler Hutte

Due to rain, we took the gondola from Wasserauen (868 m.ü.M.) to Ebenalp (1644 m.ü.M.) and then walked from there to Schäfler (1924 m.ü.M) by way of Aescher. Total distance was about 4 km with about 400m of climb.

Photo through the clouds from our lunch spot, looking across the valley towards the Gloggereren (~1630 m.ü.M) and Marwees (2056 m.ü.M). The Seealpsee (1141 m.ü.M), our destination for day two is at the bottom of the picture.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Waldenburg -> Oberdorf

We picked this U-Abo hike yesterday in order to try and escape the heat in Basel. The 9-10 km walk runs from Waldenburg -> Schloss Waldenburg (ruins) -> Rehhag -> Restaurant Fuchsfarm (in-hike beer) -> Oberdorf, and hits a maximum altitude of 1018 m (up from 523 at Waldenburg).

This was a really nice hike: mostly in the woods on narrow trails, and pretty much empty of people. There was plenty of sweating because of the 500m climb, but the air temp was a lot cooler than Basel.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Gempen -> Muttenz

This 10 km hike from Gempen to Muttenz by way of Schönmatt, Sulzchopf, and Egglisgraben was another U-Abo suggestion.

This was more rural than the two previous hikes we've done (a pleasant change) and included a couple of very good panoramic viewing points and a nice break with a refreshing drink at Egglisgraben. The final stretch through the vineyards of Muttenz was a bit hot, but otherwise really nice.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Birsfelden -> Rheinfelden

Another hike from Wandern mit dem U-Abo, this one runs along the Rhine, through woods, between big harbor facilities, past Roman ruins, and through some little towns. It is a nice mix of scenery and is a very flat 13km.

No pictures from this hike.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Riehen -> Burg Rotteln

This is a hike from Wandern mit dem U-Abo, so we could take the tram. The 15km hike into Germany is pretty flat and gives great views of the surrounding area (particularly the lower Schwarzwald).

We had a bit of bad timing: July 2 was a big event day at the Burg Rotteln, so the place was crawling with groups of singers; but at least everything was free and we did have a lot of fun exploring the Burg. :-)