Winter in Einsiedeln

Spital
Spital

This year winter started perfectly. There was already enough snow beginning of December so that it was possible to do cross country skating in Einsiedeln.

But after Christmas the weather suddenly became so warm that most of the snow was gone within a couple of days: no skiing anymore.

I took the opportunity and used my snow shoes I had bought a couple of years ago and rarely used to walk onto this hill called Spital in the back of Einsiedeln.

The hill or mountain is not hight, barely above timberline and you can start walking in the village. I took a photo from top of the hill. In the background there is lake Sihlsee.

The name of the hill is funny because Spital means in German hospital and you can see the hospital of Einsiedeln from over there.

View from Mythen

Mythen
Mythen

This year I was already on top of Mythen for the first time. I did the walk with my new sticks. The last time I have used sticks is years ago. Must have been in Austria, when I was young. I bought them for walking with my new snow shoes and can use them also in summer.

There were already a lot of people on top of Mythen, as always on Sundays. I walked with my sticks and arrived on top after 59 minutes. Thats good for the first time in the year.

Down I needed about 40 minutes but was much to fast. I should not walk so fast on this mountain. It is too dangerous for running. And every year 1 or 2 people have an accident and die on this mountain. Unbelievable but some of the people try to climb the mountain with summer shoes. Thats foolish.

In winter I am ofter there for skiing. It is a very nice area.

Furggelen

Furggelen
Furggelen

Where is the most beautiful hiking route near Einsiedeln? Its Furggelen!

It is a cottage on the mountain just behind Einsiedeln. You can walk up from different locations. You can start in Brunni, in Unteriberg, Oberiberg or even in Einsiedeln. I prefer the route from Brunni up to Holzegg to Furggelen and from there down to Brunni.

You can do the route in summer and in winter, with skis or with snow shoes. The great thing is the panorama. You see on all sides moutaines: low mountains, high moutains and even some glaciers.

Beginning from October to April SAC is in charge of the cottage. You can even stay there overnight if you want. Its just great!

Mythen

Mythen
Mythen

Every year I am on top of Mythen, at least once. Normally I do it as fast as possible without having anything to eat with me, only a bottle of water. I can go up from bottom, parking place to top in less than an hour.

My personal record is 55 minutes. And I am becoming faster year by year. My record was this 55 minutes up and 25 minutes down. But down is little bit dangerous. You can hurt yourselfes very ugly on the feet. Better being careful.

The fascinating on this mountain is that I am there with car in 15 minutes, so in less than 3 hours I can start at home, climb it and be back home. I really do it most the time after coming home from office. In summer, when it gets dark not before 10 pm, it is easily doable and not so hot any more.

Kleiner Mythen

Little Mythen
Little Mythen

This year winter is not coming. It is end of November and still very warm. Yesterday I climbed the “Kleiner Mythen” and made a photo back to Einsiedeln. In the background you can see Einsiedeln and part of lake “Shilsee”.

This mountain is much more dangerous than its taller brother “Grosser Mythen”. You have to pass several spots where it’s possible to fall down. Normally I don’t fear the route, but this year I really were happy when I stood on top of the mountain, maybe because I am out of training.

But yesterday I did a new personal record: exactly 60 minutes from the parking place to the top. For going down I have exactly 40 minutes. Last year I have 5 minutes more!

The mountain on the picture is “Haggenspitz”, the third in this group. Only a few people are climbing this mountain. There is no official route and it is almost invisible. I were there a couple of years ago, also end of November. I think it must have been at least 4 years ago, when it was also very warm in November.