Another short walk — a mere six/seven hours (including a drink stop at a handy mountain restaurant). This time it’s on the south side of Glärnisch, starting near Schwanden and then climbing a thousand metres to a couple of picturesque alps and then down again.

Route map.

This is all in practice for the Zeinenfurggel megawalk in a month or so, which is an actual alpine grade (T4), where I’ll actually be going over the top (through the passes) of some of the stuff on the right.

…I need to either get some higher-factor sunblock, or else put way more on. I feel… toasty. I suspect I may be noticing this tomorrow.

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About half-way up the initial 700m ascent from the bus stop to the first alp, looking back down the valley.

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Over the top of the first ascent, and... suddenly a restaurant. You can stay here. It was too early for beer, alas, so I refilled with water and headed on. You can see the step with the next ascent at the far end of the alp.

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Over the top of the next ascent, and looking down at Oberblegisee. I've been there before but not by this route (also, it was winter). It's about 300m down.

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Another view of the lake, from a bit further down. The valley beyond is Böbächialp, and is where the Zeinenfurggel path starts. That imposing 600m monolith over the lake? The path goes to the top of that.

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Lake panorama view, just because. This doesn't do the sheer height of the mountains justice. I'm at 1400m, but the ultimate summit is over twice that.