Via Alpina signage and booking huts ahead?

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Sep 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

So it looks like the forecasts have changed and it wont rain all next week afterall!

Which means that I can now definitely plan on hiking (fingers crossed) the Stages C10, C11, C22 of the Via ALpina green trail. So the dumb question is...

1) where exactly do i arrive in Grindelwald to start my hike? are there signs everywhere showing where the "Via Alpina Green Trail" pass is?

2) i haven't booked any of my huts... i was going to just keep hiking until i find a hut that has vacancy. is this dumb?

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Sep 28, 2017 - 11:25 PM

No questions are dumb!

A few comments

1. Each of these segments (I'm assuming you mean C10, C11, and C12, not C22 which doesn't exist) are a REALLY long way and not possible to do in a single day (if that is your plan) without transport assists. As others noted in previous threads it is not the distance, it is the altitude gain that is super challenging and really slows you down.

2. I don't think you will see many Via Alpina signs, I've done the entire route (Sargans to Montreux) and don't recall seeing many. Rather, you should be looking for the routes to the villages along the way. So, for example, for Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen you can start at the railway station, follow the signs to Alpiglen where you catch the famous Eiger Trail up to Eigergletscher station. From there down to Kleine Scheidegg (which you can see from Eigergletscher) then to Wengneralp, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen.These segments are highly traveled therefore very well marked. C11 and C12 are much wilder and take you over the two most challenging peaks in the region. You will need topo maps which you can buy in Grindelwald or at Foto Fritz in Wengen once you get there.

3. As a single you may not need to book huts ahead but start looking early before you are exhausted. For c11 there is not much of anything between Rotstocke Hütte and Griesalp which is tough going. (I believe Obere Dürreberg is very small and may not even be open in Oct.)

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Sep 29, 2017 - 6:37 AM in reply to Removed user

Hi Spikymaster,

Kim, I think has you covered. It seems to me that getting to a hut and finding it full would be horrible! But the season is slowing down. If you do want to reserve check out this useful website:

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