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Debra
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Aug 22, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Powerful Rhine falls

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Slowpoke
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Aug 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM in reply to Debra

HI Debra-

<<"ease of transportation to and from trailheads. You don’t have to worry

about getting back to your camp at the end of a hike, there’s always a

train or bus not too far get you back">>

Some popular trailheads in the Emmental used to have 3 or 4 buses in and out on a Saturday and Sunday, just for hikers.

Now, when you go to those trailheads, there are lots of parked cars. And they are fown to one bus in/out in the AM and one in the PM. Still there enough to help create circular routes.

The place that I really like that kind of "transportation to and from trailheads" is the ridge hikes. Getting a train or cableway up and down at the start and finish really helps my sore knees and lack of fitness for climbing at high altitudes, so I can still enjoy the ridge walks.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
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Aug 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM in reply to Debra

Hi Debra -

<<"What's with the creepy figueres? I found these characters on Monte San Salvatore and also in front of a house on Rigi">>

The text behind them includes the word "marionnette."

The ones on the Rigi look a bit like Fassnacht masks.

However, all of the remote parts of Switzerland have their "wildmen" that come out at night.

Here is one from the Lötschental.

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Slowpoke
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Aug 22, 2018 - 4:02 PM in reply to Debra

Hi Debra-

<<"Lake Uri from the Swiss path Seelisburg to Fluelen and boat cruise">>

There are lots of other nice places along the Swiss Path, and the boat definitely is a good way to get to some of the trail heads. There are some pictures in this thread.

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/the-swiss-path-and-southern-lake-lucerne

You caught the Urnersee in a darker mood. It is still my favorite part of the lake.

All of your pictures do a super job of conveying their message and the feeling of the surroudings. Thanks for posting.

Slowpoke

Debra
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Aug 22, 2018 - 4:08 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Disturbingly beautiful Slowpoke! Where is the Lötschental.?

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Debra
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Aug 22, 2018 - 4:10 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Yes, I found the dark skies quite beautiful, adding a sense of mystery.

Arno
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Aug 22, 2018 - 4:24 PM in reply to Debra
Slowpoke
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Aug 22, 2018 - 4:33 PM in reply to Debra

<<"Where is the Lötschental.?">>

The Lötschental is just south of Mürren, over the intervening mountains. For many years it was accessible only by mountain trails to Mürren or maybe the region around Griesalp....not sure exactly where. Isolated valleys like that are where those wildmen live.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ L%C3%B6tschental

It is now accessible from Goppenstein. They got a road in about 100 years ago.

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Debra
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Aug 22, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Fantastic suggestions! I’ll have to keep them handy for whenever I visit again. Would you say the wild man folklore is akin to the yeti/ Bigfoot legends?

Slowpoke
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Aug 22, 2018 - 10:05 PM in reply to Debra

<<"Would you say the wild man folklore is akin to the yeti/ Bigfoot legends?">>

I think so, but, of course those are not legends, are they? ;-)

I don't really know enough about each of the legends to offer a meaningful opinion.

There is a European being/figure/concept in German "der wilder Mann"...the wild man. I think that one is closer to Bigfoot than the species in the Lötschental.

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maggiehorswell
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Sep 1, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Hi Debra

I am a bit belatedly trying to catch up on the website after a spell in hospital and decided to concentrate just on the trip reports section so I have just read your report. It has been a fascinating read and will be very helpful to future campers I am sure. Sadly my camping days are well behind me but I have enjoyed reading about your adventures very much. Wish we had "discovered" Switzerland when we were younger and fitter! Not that we don't enjoy our own more sedate holidays of course! Hope you get to return for more!

Thank you also for some lovely photos.

Maggie

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