Sunday, May 10, 2015

Training tour to Chrindi via the Simmeflue

The weather forecast was excellent for Sunday and it's (past) time to start getting in shape for the season, so we got an early start and headed to the Simmeflue. We were here a couple of years ago, so there's no need to describe the (very nice) hike up to the Sunnighore. After enjoying the views we head back down the fork and follow the ridge. This time we skip the diversions up to the other little peaks along the ridge and push on. We do our lunch break (and a short nap, luxury!) in the fields above Unters Heiti before continuing across the fields, past Obers Heiti, up and past Matte (lots of cars parked here), and then along the road to Steinig Nacki.
fields above Unters Heiti

looking back down to Steinig Nacki, lake Thun and the Bernese Alps in the back
This little bowl is great, the terrain suddenly starts to look wild and alpine. Through the bowl we go, skirting some snowfields, climbing, climbing, until we cross the last steep snow patch and come out on the broad ridge at the Furgge. From here we have a great view of the Stockhorn, our nominal destination. At the fork that leads down to the Chrindi we decide that neither of us really needs to do the last 300m up to the Stockhorn (already done 1600m of vertical), so we turn off to the left and head to the gondola station (been here before too) and begin the trip home.

An excellent Sunday hike. It was great to be out, moving, and enjoying the sun and views!

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