Reutigen – Stockhorn – Erlenbach i.S.

It took a bit of coaxing to leave the house this morning (and decide on a hike, given the forecast!) At 11:50 i got off the bus at Reutigen and headed uphill. It wasn’t long before a yellow sign confirmed i was walking in the direction of Stockhorn and not Wimmis. If you haven’t hiked in Switzerland/europe before, the trail, esp in the german-speaking part of switzerland is littered with signs and well-trodden paths. These are pretty handy when you’re walking through a cloud, as was to happen once more today.

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It was pretty peaceful walking amongst farmland and the woods, listening to the tinker of cow bells and watching marmots scamper everywhere. Without intention i managed to find myself on the path i took when i tried snow shoeing for the first time. Staring at the hills, i can still remember the avalanche lessons.

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Once at the top i headed to Vorderstckenalp, where i knew the true fun of the descent would begin. Here one can hire a trotti (bike or scooter with suspension, awesome breaks and tyres with good tread). This is my favourite way to descend 1103 metres. You pop the money in the honesty box, grab a helmet and bike and then whoosh down the mountain, with hairpin bends, dodging cow paddies and cars! Which was great for me, i was late for dinner.

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