After the week's disappointing start, and Jaron had gone home, I slept very badly. Tossing and turning all night. I was frustrated and well acclimatized and well rested from our long night in the bivouac. I felt like a coiled spring needing release for all the stored energy.
Lacking a partner for climbing or high mountaineering (glaciers) I asked Anita to drop me off on her way to work. She did and I started up towards Mt Pilatus from the town of Horw at the shore of lake Lucerne.
We had agreed that Anita would pick me up again after work around 20:00 (long day!). That gave me about 11 hours. I set out at a brisk pace and beat the posted time to the summit (5:15) by 1.5 hours, despite taking a detour over a small side peak. The summit houses a huge Hotel and military radar installations and is crawling with fat tourists in flip-flop sandals. I refilled my water bottles, watched a couple of Alphorn musicians for a while and continued on along the ridge.
It would turn out to be a real peak-bagging day. It was hot and the ridge essentially deserted once I'd left the throngs of tourists behind at Tomlishorn. I didn't stop for another break for the entire rest of the day but kept checking off peak after peak until there was nowhere left to go but down.
I chose the long way down through the fairy tale like forested valley of the Chli Schliere (where we went Canyoning). It seemed like I had the entire valley to myself and it was absolutely silent while the sun went down - not even the otherwise ubiquitos Swiss cow bells could be heard. Beautiful. In the end I started running for short stretches of the way to be in time to meet Anita in Alpnach Dorf and to avoid having to use my head-torch in the forest.
Best of all, I'm not even sore on the morning after. Yay training! It's getting there...
2590m up, 2540m down, 35km, ~65.000 steps
- Klimsenhorn (1907m)
- Esel (2118m)
- Oberhaupt (2106m)
- Tomlishorn (2128m)
- Widderfeld (2076m)
- Mittaggüpfi/Gnepfstein (1917m)
- Stäfeliflue (1922m)
- Blaue Tosse (1802m)