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New Meetup: Jura Ridgeway Stage 5 - Balsthal to Weissenstein

From: Jemma
Sent on: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:57 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Zurich Hike & Outdoor!

What: Jura Ridgeway Stage 5 - Balsthal to Weissenstein

When: May 10,[masked]:15 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Day number 5................

Hike Info

Start - Balsthal 09:30am
Finish - Weissenstein 16:30
Distance - 17-20km
Total walking time -Approx 6 hours (not allowing for breaks and subject to change due to the pace of the group)
Ascent - 1000m
Descent - 430m

Brief Description
Day 5 of the Jura Ridgeway. From Balsthal station we rejoin the route and start the ascent up to Hellch?pfli. This will be the hardest part of the days hike as we ascend 750m. The route then flattens out and we cross over the top of the ridge with views of the Oberland and continue the walk along to Oberbalmberg. If anyone wants to finish here, they can catch the bus. I am planning on continuing on towards Weissenstein which will add a couple of km onto the walk. From here we can take the Chairlift down to Oberdorf and then catch the train to Zurich. Note - The last chair lift departs at 17:30.

More Info here
Link to stage 5

Travel Info

The train schedule is as follows:

Depart: Z?rich HB 08:30am - IR 2112
Arrive: Oensingen 09:14am

Depart Oensingen 09:17am R17
Arrive Balsthal 09:25am

Travel time: 1 hour

Please note that we will meet in Zurich HB under the big colourful angel at 8:15am. If you are running late and miss us, please go directly to the train and try to find us. If your coming from elsewhere, you can also meet us on the train or at Oensingen Bahnhof at 09:15am. Those who are planning on doing this please let me know so we are not waiting for you in Zurich.

For any further information, or for any late comers on the day please don't hesitate to call me at[masked].

Tickets - I have a GA so I do not need to purchase a ticket however for those who need to purchase tickets on the day, I believe there is a cheaper group option though I am not sure on the details of how many people are needed to qualify for a group discount. Maybe someone can enlighten me! For the moment I would advise that if we arrive at the meeting point on time then this should allow for us to sort it out then. For further hikes I'm sure we can plan ahead much better!! Apologies for my ignorance on the matter!

Recommended to bring along:
- sun/wind/rain protection (wind jacket,sun cream, glasses, hat etc)
- hiking boots recommended
- lunch (sandwich, chocolate etc.)
- water (at least 1 litre )
- basic first aid kit (I will be carrying one but it is always useful to have extra)
- maps of the area are also useful to bring if you have them
- camera
- a cheerful disposition and plenty of enthusiasm!

Disclaimer and small print

I reserve the right to cancel the hike at anytime if weather conditions or any other factors that may affect the safety of the group arise:

- be it before the event
- on the day of the event before the agreed start time
- or during the hike itself

In the event of a cancellation I will try to give as much notice as I can but please check the site the morning of the hike BEFORE you leave home. Weather conditions can change quickly and the decision to cancel may be sudden.

Everyone who takes part in the hike does so at their own risk

Each participant is responsible to ensure they have adequate health insurance and any other insurances that may be required

Whilst all care will be taken to keep the group together it may at times become necessary to split up due to pace, safety, or if someone needs to retire from the hike due to medical reasons.

OK so thats all the information, lets get hiking! I look forward to seeing you for day 5.


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