Solo backpacking in Europe before Grad School takes over my life

Barcelona and Beyond

To the top of Schilthorn

Today was the biggest hike that I have attempted so far.  Gimmelwald where I’m staying is at about 1400 meters high and the peak of Schilthorn was about 2900 meters high.  It was also the location of one of the Bond films (one of the really bad ones apparently.  I think it’s called Her Majesty’s Service or something).  A group of us from the hostel (Mountain Hostel: set out around 9:30.  Some parts of the hiking were pretty tough, but being in a big group helped you push on.  We eventually got to a really cool lake where we ate lunch.  The water was freezing and one of the guys jumped in the water.  Then another jumped in.  Before too long, everyone had jumped in besides me, so obviously I had to succumb to peer pressure and go in as well.  The water was freezing (Bethany Beach water will feel like a sauna compared to this).  To put it in perspective, there is some snow going straight up to the water’s edge. 

After the lake, it was another 45 minutes to an hour up to the peak.  With all of the breaks, it took about 5 hours to get up.  We hung around at the top for a bit and then went separate ways.  Some guys were camping up at the lake (it’s pouring now, so I’m glad I opted out of that).  Some other people took the cable car back down, but one of the guys and I hiked back down in a little more than 3 hours.  I’ve got tons of cool pictures that I’ll show everyone once I get back.  I gotta get off of the internet now though, but I’ve got one more day tomorrow where I’ll probably relax a bit.  Then it’s off to Nice, France for 2 nights and then 3 nights in Barcelona before flying back.  I can’t believe I only have a week left of this trip! 

Posted by offhegoes03 on 07-02-2008 at 08:07 pm
Posted in Switzerland


  1. I can’t believe you jumped in the freezing water !!! I really can’t wait to see the pics when you come home next week !!

    Comment by Pops — Thursday, 3 July, 2008 @ 12:02 am
  2. Sounds like a fantastic day (well except for the swimming in the cold water).

    Comment by Kevin — Thursday, 3 July, 2008 @ 12:26 am
  3. so anyway, have you gotten in the barrel style hottub??????

    Comment by Momma — Thursday, 3 July, 2008 @ 12:36 am
  4. Mom: Yes, I have been in the hot tub. EVERY NIGHT! hah, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub after a hard day of hiking.

    Kevin: It may have been worse getting out of the water and having a huge breeze start blowing.

    Pops: Yeah, I wasn’t planning on it, but I couldn’t be the only one not to! Although if everyone jumped off a bridge, I don’t think I would have participated in that.

    Comment by cehen2 — Thursday, 3 July, 2008 @ 10:09 am
  5. what did you all wear to swim in the lake?

    Comment by terry — Thursday, 10 July, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

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