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Hiking in the remote Binn Valley with scenic views on Twingi-groge

  • Jun 8, 2013 · 5:45 AM

Dear All,

Given that most of the Alpine passes are still closed, I propose to do a longer hike which pretty much situates around 1300 meters altitude.

The idea is to hike from Blitzingen (1256m), Steinhaus (1273 m), Ernen (1136,), Ausserbinn (1304m) towards Binn (1318m). The hike is 17 km , 5.30 hours although I expect we will be faster.

We will be walking through tiny traditional villages in lush pastures to Ernen, where well-kept buildings and the «William Tell House» (oldest painting of Tell), are a surprise and finally through the impressive Twingisgorge into «mineral valley» to Binn.

We will be walking here in a remote part of Switzerland given that the road between Ernen and Binn has only been built in 1965. Previously during winter this valley was cut off from the outside world for weeks.  The old road offers spectacular scenic experience.

The Swiss Alpine club, pro natura and Binntal signed a contract for 100 years to keep Binntal under protection (naturschutz). Binntal is the valley where most minerals in Switzerland are found.

The idea is to take the 6.02 am train to Brig (arrival 8.11 am), depart in Brig at 8.23 am arrival in Blitzingen at 9.14 am.

We will take the bus in Binn at 16.23 arriving in Fiesch at 16.52, here we depart at 16.56 by train towards Brig (arrival 17.33), departure Brig 17.49 arrival zurich hb 19.58.

IMPORTANT

* The organizer is not responsible for any bodily injury or other accidents that might happen during the hike. By signing up on this activity, the participants agree that the organizer will not be held responsible in any way. Although the hike is not complicated, it is each individual responsibility to ensure that they can do the hike and check out the trail.

* Please be aware that I will make group reservations for trains and buses. Although these reservations are free of charge, in case the Meetup group does not show up I as an organizer get charged 50 francs. If we are coming with a large number of people often Postal buses are provided to us free of charge. As you can imagine, if I reserve for a large group and then several of you do not show up, the Swiss Post is not too happy since our group could easily have fitted in the normal bus. Therefore it is important that you keep your status (coming/not coming) up to date and also please be aware that the reservation for the group, i.e. train and buses, needs to be made at least 3 days in advance and cant be changed anymore. To maintain our good reputation with Swiss Post Buses, a flat fee of 10 francs will be charged if a change happens in the last three days before the hike.

* To bring along: hiking boots, rain gear, water, snack, lunch ( I suggest we take lunch on the trails), smile, positive attitude

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising Patrick :-)

    June 10, 2013

  • Evi

    Super weather, super hiking, thanks !

    June 9, 2013

  • Marina

    Thanks for the Hike Patrick!

    June 9, 2013

  • Alex

    Very nice hike Patrick - Thanks

    June 9, 2013

  • Evi

    Thank you so much for organizing :)

    June 8, 2013

  • birgitta

    thanks patrick!

    June 8, 2013

  • Burkhard P.

    Thanks for organizing

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Patrick, I have no idea how this happens - I arrived at the Winterthur station 10min before the train left to Zurich, yet somehow found myself with a day pass standing next to the train as it slowly left the station without me. The next train arrived at Zurich too late, there were no faster connections to Brig, and driving would have taken too long. So, I greatly apologize for not being there - it looks like a fun trip and I really looked forward to going. Next time.....

    June 8, 2013

  • Georgia

    Hi Patrick! It's 3 am and I still haven't managed to go to bed, so I don't think I can make it to get up and prepare in 2 hours. I am really sorry for the last minute cancellation, hope this does not create any problem :( Enjoy the trip and the hike, hope to see you one of the next weekends! Sorry once again!

    June 8, 2013

  • Evi

    Daiy ticket is better deal.

    71 CHF, 1/2 price is > 100 CHF

    June 7, 2013

  • Catarin

    Sorry!!! Know it's very late but I my trip was changed and I need to travel out saturday afternoon. Need to cancel the hike....

    June 7, 2013

  • Rein

    Any advice on which ticket should be bought?
    I've got a 1/2 card, would the dayticket to travel within Switzerland be best? Thanks

    June 7, 2013

  • Patrick

    We will have second wagon in front of train departing zurich and will be in back departing Brig. Looking forward to see you all tomorrow.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry guys, something came up at work this afternoon and it looks like I'll have to be in the office this weekend :( Hope you guys have fun and I can join you on another hike soon!

    June 7, 2013

  • Ro

    Apologies, will not be able to attend, came down with cold/cough. Enjoy

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't come. if someone else wants to take my spot, you're welcome.

    June 7, 2013

  • Marina

    Hi Patrick,
    My "gest" injured himself and will not be able to come. I can't check him out without checking me out, just count one less. I'm comming :-)

    June 6, 2013

  • Barry D.

    Sorry, i am going to cancel as im fighting a losing battle with a cold.

    June 5, 2013

  • Barry D.

    Sorry, im

    June 5, 2013

  • Ehsan S.

    66 attending, Patrick you can go to the parliament with so much fans we all vote for you ;)))))

    June 4, 2013

  • Oksana

    Hi Patrick, is there still any chance to jump in? Or any waiting list in case somebody refuses?

    June 3, 2013

  • Dirk

    I will join in Bern or Thun

    June 3, 2013

  • Ken N.

    Hi Patrik, also for us (3) please do not make any reservations as we will be driving to Blitzingen on Friday evening. We will see you there on Saturday morning.
    Viele Grüsse.
    Ken

    June 3, 2013

  • Amalie

    Hi Patrick
    I will join in blitzingen! So no reservaties needed!:)
    Thanks
    Isa

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Patrik also for me please don't make any reservation, I'm not sure to be able to join. Thank you very much and I hope to make it.

    June 2, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Looking forward to it. I will meet you at Blitzingen, so no need for a reservation on the outbound train. I will join on the return train.

    June 2, 2013

  • Patrick

    Hiking numbers seems to go up... people seems to be waiting for the great weather. Great. There are no restrictions on the number of people coming. So far I have made reservations for 35 people, I will increase that number. If you can not make it, your plans change etc. please make changes till tuesday evening next week. On wednesday I need to communicate final numbers to SBB.

    June 2, 2013

    • Agne

      Patrick, ill be joining from basel no need to buy ticket for me. Thanks

      June 2, 2013

    • Inese

      Patrick, I will be coming from Oberwald - no reservation needed for me. Thanks

      June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good morning everybody!
    I would like to joint this walking to meet everybody. I am living in Manchester UK. I am going to have a job in Switzerland. When I get the date to go Switzerland. I will let you know. Welcome everybody contact to me on: [masked]
    www.chineseherbalclinic.co.uk
    Have a nice weekend!
    Mary

    May 26, 2013

  • Kat

    Sorry I would like to come, but can't even get to the meet point at that time....no transport that early. Have fun! Kat

    May 20, 2013

  • Paula

    Rats! I had to change my flight plans so will not be in Europe before June 10th. Bummed.

    May 19, 2013

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