Hiking the Swiss Alps of Adelboden and Pontresina

30 August 2015

Moisture has increased during the night and there are wisps of clouds on the high peaks this morning. The increase in humidity is very noticeable on the walk down from OurChalet and up to the village of Adelboden.

It's still mostly sunny but finally we get to see some clouds over the peaks.
It’s still mostly sunny but finally we get to see some clouds over the peaks.

We ride up the Tschentenalp AG cable car to 1950 m, followed by a short walk to Schwandfeldspitz (2025 m). Here the group breaks into smaller groups to follow different trails. Susan joins the group that does the more difficult Gsürweg trail (Tschentenalp–Schwandfeldspitz–Furggeli) and then returns down the Schärmtanne trail to the village. I walk along the high ridge but choose not to do anything difficult because of the soreness in my leg caused—most likely—by the steep climb the previous day.

The start of the Tschentenalp–Schwandfeldspitz–Furggeli hike.
The start of the Tschentenalp–Schwandfeldspitz–Furggeli hike.

Since I do not have to cover much distance, I take my time wandering around on the ridge and savoring the alpine setting. I spend more than an hour watching RC sailplanes on the mountain and am astonished by the acrobatics they can perform in the hands of a skilled operator. I am even able to get some photographs and video of the fast-moving craft as they soar nearby.

RC sailplanes on Schwandfeldspitz.
RC sailplanes on Schwandfeldspitz.

Finally, it is time to descend and I take the cable car back to the village. There, I spend time wandering around including a visit to the Adelboden village church.

Church bell and clock tower.
Church bell and clock tower.
Interior and stained glass in the Village Church of Adelboden.
Interior and stained glass in the Village Church of Adelboden.
Fresco on the exterior wall of the Village Church.
Fresco on the exterior wall of the Village Church.

As before, the hike from the village down to the Engstlige River and back up to OurChalet is a warm and sweaty hike. And my leg hurts on the uphill climb so I’m glad I didn’t try to do more.

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