Hiking trails - required time to go up or down?

Hiking trails - required time to go up or down?

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LeVoyageur
LeVoyageur
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Jun 27, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Grüezi!

We are 5 days in our 25 days trip in Switzerland. We love everything, it is so beautiful! We have elected Wengen as a base for 2 weeks. We already have hiked several trails and they are amaxing!. One thing puzzles us: the posted duration of a trail. Has it been calculated on the way up or down? So far, we have been right on on the way down but never on the way up! Is it based on an average of both ways? Or are we totally out of shape (of course,this is a joke!).

Man thanks ti Kim on her amazing trip report on Wengen, it is very useful!

My report will come!

Keep up the amazing work, this forum is very useful!

Arno
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Jun 27, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Hi Jean,

I'm glad to hear you like MySwissAlps! As for the hiking time of hikes here on the website: it is the time for the described direction, without breaks. In Switzerland you will see time indications on the yellow signposts, and they will often be longer if pointing up the mountain, so slopes are taken into account.

kim11
kim11
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Jun 28, 2017 - 2:19 PM

the posted time is average for locals and for those who have a lot of experience with alpine hiking. Those without regular alpine hiking experience often find that it takes 25% to 50% longer than the signposted time, especially going up which is much more strenuous.

As Arno says, the signs facing you (whether you are going up or down) indicate times for the direction you are heading.

If you are hiking a lot you will find that your times improve later in your trip.

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
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Jun 28, 2017 - 8:08 PM

Hi,

Local legend says the times are set by grannies in walking clubs. Very fit grannies.

kim11
kim11
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Jun 28, 2017 - 11:05 PM in reply to AlanPrice

HA!

That reminds me of the very first time I did any alpine hiking in Switzerland. It was somewhere around Wengen but I don't recall exactly where, it was 20 years ago. I was with my then-boyfriend (now husband) who grew up in the Sierras and hikes like a mountain goat. I was DYING -- too proud (and embarassed) to say anything and was doing the very best I could muster which wasn't much. About half way up I see two sturdy ladies in their mid 80s coming down, just chatting and having a grand time. Realize that the only way you could get to the top of this peak was hike up there or have a helicopter drop you. I decided it was time to buck it up big time.

Lesson learned -- don't make fun of the grannies!!!

Sinam123
Sinam123
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Jul 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM in reply to kim11

Hi Kim,

I am not able to send you a personal message , but would like to get some information about hiking trails near Wengen. We are camping (in a tent) for about 9 days from end of August to beginning of September. Is it doable temperature-wise? We are 2 adults and one 4 year old. I'd also like to see your 30 page document to get an idea of some easy trails. If its ok with you, would you be able to email it to <removed> please?

Thanks!

Arno
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Jul 2, 2017 - 7:08 PM in reply to Sinam123

Hi Sinam123,

Please don't post e-mail addresses here (see the forum rules). It's a public forum so anyone could abuse your address. You can download Kim's document from myswissalps.com/forum/ topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim. Thanks!

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Jul 3, 2017 - 12:21 AM in reply to Sinam123

Hi Sinam123,

>> would like to get some information about hiking trails near Wengen ... We are 2 adults and one 4 year old ... get an idea of some easy trails.

There is also information about many hiking trails on this site, which can be accessed from the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/hi king

The following easy hikes might interest you:

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/bachsee

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/gruetschalp-muerren

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/maennlichen-kleinescheidegg

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/first-grossescheidegg

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/lauterbrunnen-stechelberg

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/wengernalp-kleinescheidegg

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/wilderswil-zweiluetschinen

>> We are camping (in a tent) for about 9 days from end of August to beginning of September. Is it doable temperature-wise?

Frequent visitors to Wengen say that early September is the best time, weather-wise, to visit the Wengen area. I was there for almost a week at the beginning of September last year. It was pleasantly warm and sunny, and was even quite mild on the mountain tops, but there was one cold, rainy day, when the Lauterbrunnen Valley filled with fog.

Alpenrose

Sinam123
Sinam123
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Jul 3, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Thank you so much!

Ben03
Ben03
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Jul 5, 2017 - 3:43 PM in reply to kim11

Hi Kim

I will be in Wenger 7th - 22 August and would love to get you 30 page guide to hikes etc

How thoughtful of you to prepare the litature of such an amazing area for the benifit of others

my email address is <removed>

Keep Well

Benny

Lucas
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Jul 5, 2017 - 5:23 PM in reply to Ben03

Hi Beno3 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Please don't post e-mail addresses here (see the forum rules). It's a public forum so anyone could abuse your address. You can download Kim's document from myswissalps.com/forum/ topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim. Thanks!

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