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.
We wake to a nice sunrise to the east and rain in every other direction. Guess there is no rush. Sleeping in the cabin was very comfortable and this time of year, sunrise is your alarm. We chilled in the cabin, had some breakfast and waited for the clouds to break before venturing out. Dressed in all our warm gear, we figure it’s time to go.
The weather gods were with us and conditions improved the whole way down. Picking our way down through singletrack from heaven descending through meandering alpine meadows and traversing ridgelines is the stuff of which dreams are made. Looking back this still seems like an experience from another world – picking your way down through technical singletrack while surrounded by Swiss glaciers.
Eventually ending up at valley bottom at 700m we climbed back another 300m to the main road to Sion down the Val d’Herens. Another lunch at a charming Valais village at Vex ensued. We then transferred via SBB to Sierre where we took the funicular to our next stop. Typische Schweiz
Grey early skies
Made for a moody morning
Off we go, regardless, to traverse the ridge
Not before a group shot under the cross – Mus, Sharon, Alex, Martin, Lee, Shafudin
We continue across the high peaks
We are nothing, can’t you see?
Given a chance, the mountains would make that so
But continue on we go
Not balking at the sharp rocks these Singaporeans go
Following the one eyed china-mans unyielding glow
As Alex carves through these alpine slopes
The ridge beckons
The trail does not wait
The Horizon ever eludes us
The trails twist to the towns
Lower Lower we ride
Through the pastures we do glide
Don’t fall down, ever closer we get to town
Until again we must climb
Until back to the safety of town
Becs de Bosson to Sion 30km 6:40, 340m Climbing, 2238m Descending