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  • Day9

    A Day of Wows!!

    September 4, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Given that today was beautiful (20C, not a cloud in sight) and that the weather is going downhill for tomorrow, we headed for the hills/mountains. Two trains, two buses, two gondolas and 11km on foot!

    We started with a train to Preda. It was only a 13 minute ride - but what a ride! This is part of the train system that takes trains through the Abula Pass. The first stage, from Samedan to Preda includes a tunnel of over 5km length. This tunnel, which opened in 1905, is now in the process of being replaced with a brand new tunnel set to open in 2021. In the 7km between Preda and Bergün, the train descends 442m through an ingenious system of spiral tunnels and loops. By hiking the 7km, we could see how the train negotiates the route. More than that, we saw the grandeur of the Engadine mountains. While the hike was mostly down, it included some tough sections around streams and on the edge of cliffs. We had the space to ourselves - maybe three other hikers. After lunch (and a badly needed WC), we took the train back along the same route to St. Moritz. On to adventure #2!

    From St. Moritz, we took a bus to the bottom of Corvatsch, a huge ski area near St. Moritz. Two gondolas swept us up to the top elevation of 3300m - that is 1500m from the bottom. The 360 views were stunning! the highest peak we could see was Piz Bernina, elev. 4050m. The locals refer to peaks over 4000m as “4000ers”.
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    Patricia Le Saux

    Looking good!