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!
There is one bike tour I try to do every summer. It is quite hard and I normally need 3 and half an hour. But it is a very nice tour. I really like it.
First you have to go back to Unteriberg and from there a tracking route up to Oberiberg where you arrive near the church and just can continue up to Roggenstock. There it is very steep and I need normally almost an hour until I reach Adlerhorst, which is the name of a restaurent allmost on top of this mountain.
The last part of this way you have to bear the bike and it is very exhausting. From there you continue to Spierstock where you again have to carry the bike. But here is the highest point of the tour and sometimes I make a rest in the restaurent there. The hardest part of the tour is done.
The way down is the really interesting thing. You go down from Spierstock, a quite bad way where you have to be careful. After about one hour, you reach to foot of Grosser Mythen, the mountain on the picture above. Down left where you only see clouds is Schwyz.
Back to Einsiedeln you have to go down on the right side another 20 kilometers and there you are back at home. This year, I had an accident with one of my wheels and was not able to drive down the whole way but had to go with the bike. My wife took me home from Brunni. Wonderful tour! I like it!
Today, easter Monday I did one of my favorite tours for race bike. It is quite a fast tour but has more than 1000 meters difference in heigt.
You go from Einsiedeln down to lake Zürichsee, from there to Siebnen, a small village a little off the lake and at the foot of the mountains. From there it goes up to the small lake Wäggitalersee. A few kilometers before you reach the lake, there is Vorderthal from where it goes more up the hill, to Sattelegg.
Up on Sattelegg, you just can go down to Sihlsee lake and from there it is just a few kilometers back to Einsiedeln. Very nice round. I had 2 hours and 2 minutes. Very nice tour!
This winter, we had very few snow. December was ok. It was possible to ski and do cross country skiing from beginning of December. Christmas time was also tremendous with lot of snow and cold weather.
But then there were 2 or 3 periods of about a few days where it was very warm and snow was melting away. February and March was over weeks not enough snow to do cross country skiing in Einsiedeln.
Though conditions were not so good, I was able to do more than 400 kilometers cross country skiing. But mid of march, as one can see on the picture, snow was away. After Engadiner ski marathon, I was not in the mood any more to do skiing.
So I started biking and running again. And I were able to bring my physical condition very well over the winter. I already went from office to Einsiedeln by bike once and also did my first run from office to home this year. Worth to mention is also that I started with this heavy run without any training before.
Einsiedler Ski Marathon 2011
There was not enough snow this year, so the competition was held in a near village and the distance was reduced to 30 km instead to a normal marathon distance.
Was a great race with very good conditions, nice weather and icy slope. I was in much better physical condition than last year. I did the 42 kilometers on the normal route here in Einsiedeln for training in less than 3 hours. And this already a few weeks before the competition.
But the place I gained was not very good. It had not many participants, only good sports man. In such a race it is hard to gain a good pace. But what shalls! I do it just for fun. And was great fun!
Schwedentritt is the name of the cross country skiing slope I use normally for training. It is just 200 meters away from our flat. I just have to cross a street and there I am. The trace has 4 different distances: 3, 12, 16 and 21 kilometers. Normally I do the longest distance, but at the beginning, in November or December, I start with 12 kilometers.
The trace is not too easy, goes up and down which makes it hard to do. The trace in Studen, 6 kilometers away is much easier.
This year I did the first time 2 rounds, 42 kilometers. I had less than 3 hours, which is good for me but nothing compared to the real good runners. Theay do it in almost half the time. But technik is everything and I were able to improve my technik for another time this year. I am not getting dired any more. Can run and run and run …
Iron Bike Race 2010
It was raining the whole Saturday and had only 6 degrees above zero, means that on the mountains there was already snow. The largest distance which goes up to 1700 meters was cancelled therefore. I bought overshoes and a cap wearable beneath the helm to be ready for the cold weather.
On Sunday, the day of the race, it was not raining any more, at least not so heavily and the start of my group was 8:50 am. There were about 500 participants in my group. I started as one of the latest because I came very late to the start which is just 500 meters from my home away.
The weather was no problem, you do not feel the cold if you have good clothes which hold out the water. I needed 6 hours and 3 minutes for the 77 kilometers distance. And I felt very good, when I arrived the finish. Was not tired, had the feeling that I still could go for an hour.
This race was one of the most exciting races I ever had. Parts of the race were a mud-wrestling, especially the down-hill distances. I crashed two times and everybody was brown from foot to head including the bikes. After the first very muddy down-hill, there was a stop to clean the bike which was good, because it was filled with dirt over and over.
After I had reached the most highest altitude of the race, I had to readjust my breaks and was so much out of power that I allmost fell. And there was also a time when I allmost capitulated, but it was all because I ate to less. The last 10 kilometers I regained strengh and the rest was just fun. No pain in the legs, nothing, I felt like a machine and were able to make a sprint to the finish line.
This is one of my home races becaus start and end are just 500 meters away from my home. I don’t like this home race very much because there are not such a lot of starters and a lot of people who are just looking and participating.
I want to be faster every year, and this year I trained more, so normally I should have been faster, but I managed only to finish half a minute faster than last year. Does not matter. It is just for fun. Was very hot, the last kilometer, there was not fresh wind and I really thought, that I can not finished because of the heat.
The funny thing with this race is that there is also a category for kids and my older girls started in this category. I really smiled seeing here with a totally read face coming back to the finish after 1.4 kilometers of exhausting running. But she was very proud of herself and me too. Very well done! I did not expect it!