Feb 29, 2016 - 4:33 PM
in reply to Arno
<<"The images also show how much work it is to keep hiking trails like this accessible.">>
Hi Arno -
Thanks. Toward the latter part of that section where the trail follows the bisse, approaching Ausserberg, a good part of the work is also to keep the bisse functioning. So, the trail benefits from centuries of maintenance on the bisse.
We once walked some bisse trails from Haut Nendaz back in to the valley, and back out to Veysonnaz. One of the bisses on the way out was no longer maintained. Not functioning. The deterioration showed the accumulatiion of years of neglect, and it made clear just how much work would have been needed to keep it functioning.
The trail near the Luogelkin and also at both ends of the Bietchstal bridge (where there are short tunnels on the trail) runs on the roadbed of what was once a narrow gauge railway, used to bring workers and supplies in and out.
The beer garden changed hands a few years ago.
It is a lot less simple now, and the storage cave in the wall has been made into a pretty dining room. Unfortunately, the food, although perhaps with a better presentation, and still quite acceptable, is not as good. No more potato salad, and the Rösti are loaded with rather strong onions and not well cooked. I have learned to say " mit keinen Zwiebeln".
However, the most important functions - providing a cold beer on a hot day halfway along the hike in the sun, and a toilet - are still good. The sun can be very warm along that wall of the Rhonetal, which makes it a great early Spring or late Fall walk. Hot and dry in the warmer months Very little rain, hence the bisses (die Wasserleitungen) to support farming.
Last modified on Feb 29, 2016 - 4:35 PM by Slowpoke