The father of my son's friend has impressive hiking mileage on him. Therefore he had preplanned the route for the four of us: two father-son teams. Before this trip I had never though of the possibility of leveraging the ski lifts to take a short cut directly into higher elevation. Perhaps, I might even have frowned upon the idea of going on a hike but not hiking. As if it was cheating. With the two kids along the option did sound excellent. We were able to cut to the chase and start enjoying the majestic scenery without trodding 2-3 hours upwards.
Saint Luc to Zinal
|Uranus jokes never go out of style.
My not-so-hidden agenda for this trip was trying instil the joys of mountain hiking into my son. A truly successful moment during the course of induction was when we stopped for a picnic lunch on top of a rock overlooking into the valley floor below. Cutting pieces of fresh baguette with even bigger slices of local cheese and enjoying them in the fresh air after a good physical exercise did the trick of convincing how very enjoyable hiking can be. Some truly special father-son time happening here.
|On a journey to anywhere you can draw your own map, quoting the words of Hip-Hop trio Ugly Duckling.
Quite a steep descent through a forest took us to a picturesque town of Zinal at the very end of the valley. There we had booked a room at a hotel. This is the civilised way of mountain hiking when you can rest your weary feet over a proper meal and a nice comfortable bed. Then you are ready to start a fresh the very next day.
Zinal to Grimentz
|Col de Sorebois with spectacular views to glacial lake as you can see.
Apparently the views from the col de Sorebois down the lake Moiry with its Caribbean blue glacial waters would have been exceptionally dramatic if not for the clouds. We had to just trust our little trail booklet on level of dramatism. Perhaps next time. There were plenty of marmotte holes on the way to the lake, but no creatures in sight. Again we had such a lovely outdoor lunch on our way down.
|Just what you except Swiss towns to look like in the Alps.
During the same trip to Switzerland we did a quick excursion on the French side of the border to the foot of mount Blanc. Unfortunately the cloud shroud followed us there all the way to the Refuge Nid d'Aigle and the view to the peak, which was supposed to be particularly spectacular, refused to show itself to us. A third reason to come back!
|We did stages 2 and 3 from this suggested 4-day itinerary.