Feb 26, 2016 - 10:03 PM
in reply to Slowpoke
4th set of photos of the BLS Südrampe trail.
The pictures of debris (#29) and trail maintenance were taken on a walk in the spring, just before Easter. The trail was not officially open , but was passable, with care. It opens at Easter time, if I recall correctly.
The trail sign at Station Hohtenn in image number 3 shows that the trail was closed. There were several walkers on it anyway... By the time thatthe trail was fully open, the debris would be removed, and the handrails installed at appropriate locations.
In spite of the fact that the trail was "closed" the beer garden (Image #21) above Raron was open, and serving hikes as well as people who came up there by car. There is a road up the side wall of the valley to that point.
The water channels (bisse) are a centuries old mechanism for bringing water from snow melt to the dry farms on the valley walls. There are a set of traditions and customs going back about 1,000 years associated with the bisse.
In the old days, the water was sometimes carried across cliff faces on hollowed out logs suspended on wooden posts inserted into holes drilled in the cliff faces.
Today, mostly steel pipes or tunnels.
A fascinating book with pictures of the maintenance workers walking on those traverses across the cliff faces is :
Au Pays des Bisses, by Auguste Vautier, Editions Ketty and Alexandre, 1063 Chapelle sur Moudon, Switzerland, originally published in 1928 and 1939 and re-issued in 1993, by an organization of the canton ( Valais/Wallis) . ISBN 2-88114-052-1
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