Switzerland 2014 – Valais – Brig, St Luc, Becs de Bosson and Crans Montana.
Switzerland once again calls, this time we choose to explore some lesser knows areas with Martin Buetler of Alpine-Trails. As a local rider he knows where to ride, when and the best way to hook up the WanderWegs.
This part of our week involved a climb from 2250m starting at Switzerland’s biggest lake Lac de Moiry. We ascend to to 2985m finishing at the Cabin Becs De Bosson. This cabin has been in this spot for many years, but has been run by a new family since 2010. They have made it more welcoming to hikers and bikers by having sleeping areas for 62 people in dorms with duvets that sleep 4, 8, 10, 12 or 16 people. You can spend part of the day, evening or night, they will feed you, you can buy beer and hang out at a cool mountain hut.
At the pass just below the Cabin – Pass De Lona at 2787m’s the Swiss cross country epic Grand Raid goes by. I think this cabin would be most popular in the winter for ski touring since the terrain looks amazing from all sides! But there are no trees at this elevation.
The climb can be done in 4 hours at a slack taking pictures pace. Since we were planning to overnight there we took our time.
We take the PostAuto bus to Moiry Lake from Vissoie
First we have Cafe!
So, it takes hikers 3:50 to get there. Ok.
The climb is mostly road of a good grade, the weather was cool at this elevation but was promising.
The Moiry glacier was watching us as we climbed
We did have a concerning rain storm that we hid from
Then we continued to the first pass, you can see the cabin from this pass between the two peaks in the distance
Bit of single track to descend before we go back up
Then we are at the second pass (Pass Lona) at 2787m where the Grand Raid passes by
Amazing views surround; this of the Weisshorn wreathed in clouds
Singaporeans drop in to a small descent
After the next small climb is another short descent then the final hike-a-bike push to the cabin
Photo by Martin Buetler – Alex and Shafudin’s reaction when they saw they had to go down, before the last push up! Come on guys just a short 300m ramble straight up!
The view of the small knoll before the final push to the cabin
The highest Singaporeans in Switzerland!
View of Sex De Marinda and the route we came down before we went back up
Cabin Becs de Bosson 2985m and what a view
Having a beer watching the others come up
Dinner, first we have soup, then a big hearty dish
Common Area – Photo by Mus Ismadi
Overview map of the area
From Moiry 13.8km, 5hrs, 1000m Climbing, 260m Descending