Kandersteg 2014 : Day by Day
Whilst the Explorer Scouts walked down the mountain after an amazing night at the hut the Scouts started their trek into the Gemmi Pass for a night at the Schwarenbach mountain hotel – the Gemmi Pass is an ancient path through the mountains used for centuries by travellers. The Schwarenbach is situated halfway along the pass and is at 2060m above sea level.
Day four started with a clatter of rocks falling from the local cliffs and rain. Today was the first day the Explorers and Scouts were scheduled to do different activities – an overnight hike high into the mountains for the Explorer Scouts and a visit to THun for the Scouts.
The Explorers hiked to the Fründenhütte – a mountain hut situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking Ochienesse lake. It was a long hike starting at the lakeshore before we reached the hut crossing alpine bridges and following a rocky path up to the hut at 2562m. Everything at the hut has to be airlifted in – our tea was pasta was greatly appreciated after the wet hike to the hut. We did an investiture of our new members at the hut.
The Scouts had a more relaxing day visiting Thun – an local town with a castle on the edge of a massive lake.
The adventure continues on Day three with a cycle ride along one of the most picturesque valleys in Switzerland. The Gastental is a wide glacial valley with a winding river surrounded by snow capped mountains – what more can someone ask for? Perhaps a one way access road carved around the side of the mountain? You’ve got it.