GSTEIG TO MONTREUX
14 Monday 21.8.00
day was generally cloudy and showery with mist restricting views, especially in
the afternoon. Our waterproof clothing was on and off all day.
The initial climb out of Gsteig was unremittingly steep as far as the Vordere Walig, although it then eased. At the Blattipass (1919m) there were quite good views down into the Arnensee.
The path fell through rough pasture to Seeberg
before the climb to the Col des Anderets, mostly quite a gentle ascent. We
passed the language border between German and French speaking Switzerland at a
stone wall, and stopped greeting people with “Grussa” and started saying
Looking towards Col des Anderets
Col des Anderets
poorer weather now set in and the view from the Col des Anderts (2034m)
was non existent. Dropping down to the cable car station at Isenau we had a cup
of tea at the restaurant. Here some confusion set in. The guides all refer to
the cable car station as La Marneche but the signposts call it Isenau. Also the
signposts to Col des Mosses give times variously as 3 hours and 4 1/2
hours. We took 3 hours. This inconsistency of signpost times continued en-route!
path and lanes continue along a terrace, at about 1700 metres altitude, above
the valley in which the town of Les Diablerets stands. The mountain range of Les
Diablerets (3122m) could be seen intermittently through the clouds. En route we
met a pair of young Americans who were also near to completing the APR.
Eventually the path led down to Col des Mosses and our hotel.
Col des Mosses the next day in better weather -the least interesting of the passes and the only one with a main road across it.