<<"Slowpoke, thank you for the extensive reply to my initial inquiry. ">>
You are quite welcome. Hope it helps.
<<" In response tothe questions you posed 1) I am NOT familiar with the Wanderweg networka, 2) I do not read German.">>
I asked because the best link I have been able to find to the Wanderweg organization is in German. Of course, German is useful in the Jungfrau regions, but that area was "colonized" by the English and has had enough English visitors for decades, so that English will get you by with no trouble in the area. Still, once in a while, some useful signs are in German.
Here are some links:
wiki.openstreetmap.org /wiki/Switzerland/Hiki ngNetwork
www.jungfrau.ch/en/som mer/tourism/destinatio ns/kleine-scheidegg/hiking-trails/
That shows trail types.
An important distinction is the three levels of maintained trails, the most difficult of which requires technical climbing gear (Alpinwanderwege). The easiest can be done with sturdy shoes, the middle called "Bergwanderwege" require boots or lugged sole hiking shoes, a Spazierstock (hiking staff) etc. Signs are color coded. there is some information in this website under Hiking:
Switch back and forth between the two images available at the top of the page, using the arrows, to see typical signposts.
I like to walk with a paper map in my pocket. The Swisstopo web site, under products, describes paper maps of various types and at various scales.
The Wanderkarte are special topo maps at various scales which show the Wanderwege in red, and show all public transport (e.g., bus) stops.
Those maps are widely available all throughout Switzerland, at stationery stores, sporting goods stores, convenience stores- such as the Swiss equivalent of tabacchi - the Aperto and Kiosk and Volg.
Let me know where you will enter Switzerland. I may be able to suggest a specif store with the ful range of maps.
<""And finally 3), Kev Reynold'sbook Tour of the Jungfrau Region is what got us started thinking about this trip. I am also consideringpurchasing the other book you mentioned to help focus our interests. ">>
I don't recall mentioning another book, but Kim's report is about 52 pages long. There is a lot of good stuff on hikes or segments of hikes, including multiday hikes, in considerable detail.
I guess you know about this book:
100 Hut Walks in the Alps, 2010, by Kev Reynolds.
I don't have a copy. My son may.
<""Iam overwhelmed with information and trying to break it into smallpieces. Currently, my biggest issue is trying to determine which hikeswe would be interested in completing and their routing. ">>
One of the nice things about planning travel in Switzerland is the amount of excellent information available on line. One of the problems is wading into it all and digesting it. We can help on the forum better as you begin to lay out a specific route ( or options) or specific towns or SAC huts. Not so much me, but there are others who know a lot about your specific interestsand can often help best by having a specific place or route to comment on.
<<"Our preferenceis to stay up in the mountains in SAC or similar huts not drop into thevalley during the hike. ">> In many places that would be the best way to preserve your knees. However, as you note, there is a lot of transportation available to give you a ride up or down, some times all the way, some times part way.
<<"I am thinking avoiding the valley towns willhelp keep cost down by limiting the use of public transportation,gondolas, etc. But as I said earlier, I am still dissecting theinformation by selecting a route, determining if it is within ourability level and interest and if it provides good accommodationoptions. ">>
That is a good way to go. Post your thoughts as they begin to shape up. Arno and Annika are aware of various discount passes for the use of the specialized transportation. There are a LOT of those. The trade off of transportation cost vs. cost of accommodation and cost of wear and tear on knees may favor some rides up and down to the valleys. I have never looked into the special passes, because of our visiting pattern and choices.
Although we live in the USA, we have Swiss residents 3 year 1/2 fare card. (So called "Halbtax" or "Halb-abo".) All you need is a Swiss Address, a passport type photograph, and the cost per year is not a whole lot more than the cost of a one month half fare card for a tourist. ;-) Once you start to g o back regularly, you may see if you have a friend with a Swiss mailing address....;-
At many places where you buy tickets you may see a sign in the window that refers to "Halb Abo" ...that is what it means.
I just use it and get a discount on most but not all of the specialized transport.