Aug 20, 2017 - 12:16 AM
in reply to LazerMa
<<"The hiking difficulty described in the Forum are not as accurate as they appear to be: Easy was not really easy; so be aware that an "easy" trail can have pathways that are steep and rocky.">
The trail marking system shows a set of trails that do not require good boots and hiking staffs. It does not say that they are not rocky, or that they don't have climbs or descents.
By Swiss standards, these can be easy, because a bit of a climb is "normal." And, many hikers are in good enough physical condition to consider those trails to be "easy." It is very hard to define "easy" for the range of hiking capabilities brought to Switzerland by various visitors.
Only partly joking, I often say to my fellow visitors from the USA -
"Walking is a legitimate form of public transportation in Switzerland."
"in Switzerland, a "level" trail can have substantiaa ups and downs."
We routinely link to trail maps and topo map sites that give extensive details about topography, steepness of climbs, etc. They can inform you about the details of any trail in Switzerland. I'm sorry that they did not come to your attention. And, there are frequent posts in the Forums addressing this issue. We routinely ask about the experience level of hikers. On occasion, we end up "talking down" to hikers who think nothing of climbing 1000 meters or so from Wengen to Maennlichen, something I am not capable of.
Is there something that you would suggest to be added, for example to the section on hiking, that would help with this problem?