Hike to Gauli glacier

Hi, strong hikers!

I’ve been missing you during my trips to Kazakhstan and now it’s time to meet again!

I am happy to invite you for the challenging but amazingly beautiful hike to the picturesque Gaulihutte with overnight there.

Plan for the first day:

Innertkirchen (626) – Gaulihutte (2205)

Plan for the second day:

Gaulihutte (2205) – Urbach (836) - Innertkirchen

Level of difficulty is T4. Please join if you are sure you can make it.

Day 1

Interkirchen- Dossenhutte 1300 m up

then 1200 m down and then 800 m up again to Gaulihutte

Day 2

Round trip to the lake, see the glacier and go down to  Urbach. There is an option to book a taxi from Urbach to Interkirchen to decrease the walk on the road.

 

Cost of overnight stay for non-SAC members 75 CHF including dinner and breakfast.

Please bring light sleeping bag or linen to sleep in the hut.

You will see the glacier that goes directly to the lake.

Timetable:

from Zurich HB – Innertkirchen 06:04 – 09:02

from Luzern HB – Innertkirchen 06:55 – 09:02

 

 

 

Do not forget the usual stuff:

- good hiking boots (preferably high)

- hiking sticks if you use them

- waterproof jacket (just in case) and clothes for the nights, so you can enjoy the stars

- food (snacks) for yourself and to share with friends

- linen to sleep in the hut

- water

- sun cream

- big smile and good mood

Please RSVP only if you are sure that you come, as I need to book the space in the hut.

Some screenshots from Burr

Day 1

See you soon!!!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thinking of hiking Santis or perhaps a via ferrata on Thursday or Friday. Anyone interested?

    July 30, 2013

    • Dianne Y.

      would love to but another time as off to Zermatt for 4 days....

      July 31, 2013

    • BoSe

      won't be around this long weekend but hope to hike with you again some other time. Enjoy!

      July 31, 2013

  • Vicente

    Dear colleagues: I've been quite upset about the attitude of some members of the group. Just let me quote this piece of a mountaineering code I found: "No amount of pressure can make a participant work beyond his or her aerobic capacity for more than a few minutes. The group is limited to the pace of the slowest person and faster folks should enjoy the chance to relax. Mountaineering is not about a personal contest with others".

    July 28, 2013

    • Martin

      If you had joined any organised Swiss group (e.g. hiking with Swiss Alpine Club), you would have been “forced” to go on the pace given by the leader (even though it would be faster than on the signs), so even though, I believe that the pace was not too fast, if we did not behave very nice to you, my personal sincere apology for doing so and for the possible stress that it caused on you. At any moment nobody came with the complain of not waiting. If you want to assure in the future that similar thing will not happen, please make it sure with the leader before the hike. Additionally, the Zurich Swiss Trail Club (STC), http://www.meetup.com­... , is the group you might wish to check out. Again, sorry if you felt stressed or felt a pressure on you.

      July 29, 2013

    • Natalia P.

      I fully agree with Martin.

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike Nataliya - thanks for organizing!

    4 · July 29, 2013

    • Natalia P.

      My pleasure! See you next time!

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I'm assuming we have a lot of pictures to share. So instead of the website try https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nd7sk1y3zjoo09c/V8Ab2Een58

    Thanks!!!

    2 · July 28, 2013

    • BoSe

      Here are my photos taken on the second day of the hike. https://www.dropbox.co...­

      1 · July 29, 2013

    • Martin

      I will update my pictures tonight! they are already on the meetup website, but I do it in full format. Thanks to everybody for sharing your shots!

      1 · July 29, 2013

  • BoSe

    Hey Natalia, thanks for organizing the hike. Very tough hike today (at least for me) but the spectacular views!

    July 28, 2013

  • BoSe

    Tom and Brian Werneke, Juri was trying to check if you guys have finished the hike but couldn't reach you guys. Send us something if you get this message :)

    July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Juri, I will try to get the ice axe from you hopefully on Thursday, if not I would be glad to buy you a beer in Zurich sometime. Thank you for carrying it!

      July 28, 2013

    • BoSe

      That's great. You guys are fast!

      July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I plan to drive with Martin to Innertkirchen, I can drive two more people. Does anyone want to save on train ticket costs? If so, we can coordinate a place for everyone to meet.

    July 26, 2013

    • Ales P.

      Ok, 7:15 in Zurich where you meet Martin.

      July 27, 2013

    • Ales P.

      My number: [masked]

      July 27, 2013

  • Ankita S.

    won't be able to join as my first train reaches at 6:24. I don't live in zurich. Sorry for this last minute information. Have fun :)

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm having a difficult time picking up an ice-axe for an early morning hike tomorrow. Apparently it's quite difficult in Schaffhausen and Winterthur. Does anyone going on the hike happen to have one I could borrow? Repayment includes a beer in the hut.... :)

    July 26, 2013

    • Juri A.

      Yes, will bring the ice axe along.

      1 · July 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome - thanks so much!

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Juri A.

    Just a little hint for the overnight stay in the hut: take enough cash with you, since they might not accept card payment.
    Earplugs and a towel might be very useful as well.

    July 26, 2013

    • Denise M

      I'm also bringing a swim suit... with this heat the water might be inviting ; )

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Wolfgang L

    I`m very sorry, can^t attend. Have a still unknown problem with my middle ear and be on my way now to the hospital.

    Wish you a lot of fun and hope to see you soon.

    July 26, 2013

    • Juri A.

      Hey Wolfgang,
      Schade. We will miss you on the hike.
      Wish you to get better very soon.

      July 26, 2013

    • Wolfgang L

      there is still a chance, but do not jet know what follows

      July 26, 2013

  • Martin

    Who is eventually doing something more difficult on Sun morning?

    July 26, 2013

    • Sarvesh

      I have not done anything this technical before, so may be I will try something simpler with you Denise.

      July 26, 2013

    • Juri A.

      @Sarvesh&Denise: I will join you for less technical option.

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • BoSe

    Natalia, can I take over one of the available slots?

    July 26, 2013

  • BoSe

    I have seen 2 slots are opened up now. Tempted to join but not sure if I'm physically fit for this hike

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, I just noticed that Patrick just organized an interesting hike to Oeschensee (sp?) for next Saturday. Obviously we'll all be headed to the Gauli Glacier by then, so I was wondering if any of you would like to do this hike this coming Saturday....

    July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Already have plans to go climbing this weekend, but would love to go August 3rd. Actually planned to go on the Hortuli a few weeks ago but got rained/snowed out, so I still really want to see it.

      July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Brian - I actually did this hike last weekend. Definitely a good one, particularly on the Kandersteg side of the pass. See you Saturday morning!

      July 25, 2013

  • Martin

    Anybody feeling strong enough to wake up on the second day at 3 am and hike up one of the 3'000 in the area?

    July 21, 2013

    • Natalia P.

      You can leave harness at home too, without ropes it does not make sense.

      July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK - would you recommend crampons? It's no big deal to bring them along just in case.

      July 25, 2013

  • Dianne Y.

    I'm afraid i will have to cancel, I just hurt my knee so am not sure it will take the walk down. I wish you all a great hike and look forward to reading about it and seeing the photos.

    July 25, 2013

  • Juri A.

    I'll bring along a map for the area of our hike (Map number 1230 - Guttannen 1:25000)

    July 22, 2013

    • Martin

      1st link does not consist of the hut part.

      July 24, 2013

    • Juri A.

      It's mentioned in the pdf description as " Variante A: Abstecher zu­r Gaulihütte (zusätzlich­e Distanz: 4 km / zusätz­liche Höhendifferenz: ca­. 700 hm)"

      July 24, 2013

  • Martin

    I was just evaluating the area in order to plan something in the neighborhood and figured out the exact profile for the first day. I came to the same conclusions as Burr did. It might be – physically – the hardest hike ever posted in this group. And it is definitely not a walk, but a proper mountain hike for most of its way.

    July 22, 2013

    • Martin

      Regarding the link, I found it and probably (sic!) they mean that you might use the ice axe on the snow in case of falling to stop by a self arrest. Otherwise, the "hiking" rope could be useful to help somebody in the need, but defo not to secure somebody if hareness is not required. People might have helmets due to the falling stones. Same having hareness but without roping up might be just because they used them somewhere else. As said, probably the most difficult hike ever on this group in the terms of the technique and exhaustion. First day is on red and blue (T2 to T4), second on red and yellow (T3 to T1).

      July 22, 2013

    • Denise M

      OK great! I've not tried a T4 hike before but I'm excited to take the step up from the regular T3 hiking trails : ) Thanks for the opportunity ( and reassurance!) and for the organization! See you on Saturday am!

      July 23, 2013

  • Paulita

    Sorry, i am on Hochtour Starting Monday and I will need my legs...

    July 22, 2013

  • Olivia

    I'm sorry, but I think this hike really will be too much for me.

    July 22, 2013

  • Michael M.

    i don't think I would be able to make the route in 8.5 hours. Don't want to uphold the group - I am sure someone will take my spot.

    July 21, 2013

  • birgitta

    sorry, i have to cancel this hike. hope to see you soon again. is anyone interested in my spot?

    July 19, 2013

  • Olivia

    Hi Natalie. What exactly do we need to bring in terms of bedlinen? Sorry if it's a stupid question

    July 17, 2013

    • Dianne Y.

      yes, Transa sell them. Buy the silk liner as smaller and lighter. Sleeping sack is the correct term i think :-)

      July 17, 2013

    • Martin

      Yeap, 69chf for a silk one (ripe off!). Saw it a few weeks ago at transa. Even though I am also fun of the silk one, try both as some people don't like the "touch" of the pure silk. However, they much lighter and smaller.

      July 17, 2013

  • Dianne Y.

    Hi Natalie,
    After reading all the comments about this hike, could you kindly spell out roughly the height gain and loss each day and approx hiking time? I think that would make it clearer for those going what to expect as, at least for me, it is not totally clear.
    I have tried a number of websites to gauge it but as I not sure of the route you plan, so it is hard to tell.
    I just did a weekend hike which was 1800m up and down first day (9 hrs) and 1000 up and down next day (5hrs) so have an idea of what to expect, but would like some more details.
    Many thanks,
    Dianne.

    July 15, 2013

    • Natalia P.

      Hi, Dianne, please read the updated info. It will NOT be an easy hike, I assure you.

      July 16, 2013

    • Dianne Y.

      thanks. I hope the others understand that also :-)

      July 17, 2013

  • Martin

    Natalia, come on, camera and extra lenses are important for the amazing trips in the Alps!!! Apples, even though heavy, give more water than other fruits and are often recommened (however, not 3kg per person/day).
    By not entering the glacier you save about 2.5 kg on equipment (rope not included), so the strong hikers as you could bring a tripod to enjoy the night photography instead!

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Olivia

    I am a strong hiker, but not into rock climbing or anything like that. Is that OK?

    July 10, 2013

  • Natalia P.

    Hi, strong hikers!
    I have jsut confirmed the reservation with hut.
    So, please be responsible and reliable. I do not ask for any repayments but I expect from each of you that you will not step out the very last moment. Please, in case of changes in your plans let me know at least 4 days before the hike - on 23d of July.

    July 15, 2013

    • BoSe

      Hi Natalia, the reservations only for the ones in the confirmed list? I'm in the waiting list but would love to join if possible

      July 15, 2013

    • Natalia P.

      The reservation is done for 15 people, I am afraid I am not able to manage bigger group. You can contact Gaulihütte directly.

      July 15, 2013

  • Natalia P.

    Level of difficulty is T4

    2 · July 11, 2013

    • henry b.

      What means "T4" ?

      July 12, 2013

    • Paulita

      July 13, 2013

  • Wolfgang L

    The high request to this hike shows that we should do more like this one.
    I^d like to hear your opinion why it^s highly worth to join. My criteria: Whole WE event, overnight stay in a remote mountain hut instead of valley accommodation, Strong T4 instead something flat, limited to few attenders.

    July 12, 2013

    • Martin

      Dear Wolfgang, the idea is a priori good, but you should always consider the second half of this, which are inconveniences and the danger. I love those remote hikes when during the day you meet nobody but marmots, when only a few other people make it to the hut and when day starts before the sun rises ;) Never the less, you walk on the unmarked paths (or hardly marked), you are away from the mobile network in case you need an emergency, if the weather collapses, you need to navigate on the map and compass. Do you really want to take the responsability for the group and do it on the meetup? Unless, it leads to the creation of the group of "strong hikers", I consider hikes from T4 on as too difficult to just post them like this :/

      4 · July 12, 2013

  • Martin

    As I understand from the map, you would be only keeping on blue and red paths without entering the glacier, correct?

    July 10, 2013

    • Martin

      I might join spontaneously, if my climbing goals in Granian Alps get cancel by weather or different reasons. Take in mind folks that part of the trial is on the blue alpine route and may not be (well) marked. I recommend you to print out the map (geo.admin.ch) and take the altimeter as most modern phone already have a compass. Taking the GPS is never a bad idea… Have fun!

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • Natalia P.

      Thanks, Martin!

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks amazing and I can't wait to go - really hope the nice weather holds out. Thought I should share I may not be the most experienced with this type of hike. Been doing lots of T2 (walks =P) and T3 trails but haven't felt challenged at all. This looks like the right step up to the next level, since most of the routes in the area seem straightforward with challenging bits closer to the huts. That and it will be nice to go with more experienced people. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks

    July 11, 2013

  • Wolfgang L

    Welcome back. Nice idea. Unfortunante schedule conflict with a party. Try to solve it and will join.

    July 10, 2013

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