Apr 2, 2015 - 11:01 PM
in reply to Annika
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<<" I prefer to have a paper map with me while hiking,">>
So do I.
The topographic maps from the Bundesamt für Landestopographie are really well done, and so easy to find.
I use the 1:50,000 Wanderkarten (with the Wanderwege marked on them in red as published) for general coverage, but if I expect to need careful navigation, I get the 1:25,000 topos, and mark the trail on them by referring to the Wanderkarten. So, I often do my actual hiking from the 1:25,000 series, but I have in a way converted them to Wanderkarten.
Many friends laugh at me for being fussy and just follow the yellow Wanderwege signs, but I like to see my choices on a map when I come to an intersection with a lot of trails. Especially in hilly terrain. See attachments.
I have learned that my knees and my stamina are not the equal of the normal Swiss hiker. As far as I can tell, based on the times on the signs, Swiss hikers walk uphill or downhill about as fast as they walk on a level path. Not me. ;-)