Wednesday 6 July -
Wisely we started our backpack of the '
Lots of views to Zermatt, and the
Helicopters zoomed about, fulfilling a number of differing (building, supplies, rescue?) tasks. Here we left the broad track to join the Europaweg proper - a wide path rising gently, soon passing a junction of a path to Fluhalp. Betty wrestled with her new walking poles as the rest of us enjoyed the sunny day.
A large black ferret like animal shot across the path in front of me. We continued on a pleasant belvedere through woods, rising eventually to Taschalp (11:50 - 12:20) where we went indoors (cool outside) at 2170 m for hot chocolates, etc.
The weather looked threatening so soon after Taschalp we stopped beside the belvedere bath at 2200 m for a quick lunch (12:30 - 12:50).
Lovely flowers, increasing cloud, and final views of a
The guide book recommended torches, but we found a switch and operated the electric lights.
We were quite tired when the hut appeared out of the mist all of a sudden at 4:45 pm.
At the hut, Dave E and others lost their hats - hidden by a small boy. Uno was introduced, with some difficulty, as this group found it a bit hard (but not as hard as Scrabble, tried later). Anyway, we had a pleasant evening, with wine, an average meal, and good dormitory accommodation - as the hut wasn't full we had a room for 6 for David and Sue, and a room for 8 for the rest of us.
Today we discovered that