Henry, the Samoyed

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Célia adopted the Samoyed Henry in mid-June 2020 at Samoyed in need .
The dog came from Bulgaria with the help of the registered association, where it was picked up as a sick street dog and given medical care. Due to the corona, the journey of the approximately one-year-old animal to Düsseldorf was not without problems, the restrictions on the journey Switzerland-Germany-Switzerland delayed the adoption of the Samoyed male for a few more weeks.

Now he lives with Célia in Davos … A life at 1500 m above sea level as well as a lot of nature in the Graubünden mountains offer an ideal habitat for a dog that belongs to Siberia in terms of breed. He feels really comfortable in the winter months as well as in the summer on the firn fields in the high mountains.

Magic Snow: Winter 2021

01/2021

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The winter of 2020-2021 brought huge amounts of snow in Graubünden (as in other parts of Switzerland). In addition, it was quite frosty from mid-December 2020. Until the beginning of February, the temperature barely rose above zero degrees at 1500 m.

Photos around Lantsch/Lenzerheide, Alvaneu, Heinzenberg/Thusis, Cunter/Savognin.

RhB – Rhaetian Railway

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The red trains of the Rhaetian Railway Rhb are not just means of transport in Graubünden. The routes are among the most beautiful railway routes ever, they not only lead tourists and locals through fascinating mountain landscapes, but also the valley crossings over the Landwasser Viaduct at Filisur (above), the Wiesener Viaduct near Davos-Wiesen (below left) or other viaducts offer great views!

From Filisur the onward journey via Bergün and Preda is really great. From there you get through the Albula Tunnel to Spinas (stop there on request to get off, from Spinas Gasthaus approx. 4 hours hike to Jenatschhütte SAC ), Bever, Samedan, St Moritz in Engadin .

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Calderas Gletscherloch

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Der Piz Calderas zählt neben der Tschima da Flix, dem Piz d’Err, Piz Picuogl, Piz Traunter Ovas zu den Gipfeln, die man ab der Jenatschhütte SAC besteigen kann. Auch für Skitouren sind einige dieser Gipfel lohnenswert.

Für Tschima da Flix und Piz Calderas erfolgt der Aufstieg über den (leider schwindenden) Calderas-Gletscher.

In der Zwischensaison, am 23. Juni 2020 sehen wir, wie das Gletscherseeli vor dem Gletscherloch sich langsam von Schnee und Eis befreit…

Infos zur Chamanna Jenatsch (Jenatschhütte)

Autumn at least?

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View from Präzer Höhi towards Safiental
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The first time in 2020, the landscape shows autumn color.

Ascent from the Darlux valley station to the top mountain station of the second chairlift, which is only operated in winter.

The panorama shows the flat top of the Cuolm da Lantsch, which we have hiked in all seasons and, lying in the shade, the Vals Tuors

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RhB Railway bridge between Filisur and Davos Wiesen
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RhB Railway bridge Wiesen

There will already be snow at the top from mid-September 2020, but everything stayed green in the valleys. Only today, October 21st, does the autumn color really catch our eye …

From Rona to Furtschella da Colm

We didn’t want to take the same route again, that we had already taken to the Alp d’Err from Tinizong. That’s why we started from Rona, then met at some point in a muddy cow meadow, that looked familiar to us … But then we took via Tsagot and Demat up to Furtschella da Colm via Colm da Bovs.

At the end the path was barely or no longer visible. Although we reached the desired height, we had to turn around just under a kilometer before the pass, because time ran out before darkness.

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Corn da Tinizong with clouds
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Looking towards the Western side of the valley, seeing Piz Forbesch

From Alp Flix to Falotta

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A little road leads from Sur up almost to Alp Flix. The only parking lot (quite expensive compared to what the neighboring communities are charging) is about 800 m in front of the first houses at 1925 m above sea level.
We follow the signs to Piz Colm. Today we only want to go up to the Falotta hill, it means to conquer 575 meters of altitude through untracked snow. It’s been a few days since there was a fair amount of that white stuff. When the wind was strong, the snow was moved, so that there are enough places where the grass can still peek out. The hiking trail is not always easy to be seen, but most of the trail markings are easy to detect.

From Falottapass it is only 50 meters in altitude up to the corresponding summit.

The view is great for such an easy hike: Piz Platta and Forbesch on the opposite side of the valley, Piz d’Err, Piz Calderas, Tschima da Flix and Piz d’Agnel in the east. Behind these, we know: There is the Chamanna Jenatsch mountain hut, which, your fitness permitting, can also be reached from Alp Flix.
To the south, the view extends to Bergell.

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Il a fait frisquet pendant la nuit, flaques et ruisseaux se sont couverts de tous leurs joyaux.

Sans mouvements, presque …

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… ou coulant encore vers le fond de vallée

Val d’Err

From Tinizong we started hiking around 1300 m, and went on, mainly on larger tracks, until Val d’Err.
Close for season, we continued on the slightly rough carriage road to the end of Val d’Err to get those marvellous views.

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Piz d’Err
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From the end of the valley, a view backwards towards Alp d’Err
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Piz Jenatsch

Crap Furo

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Crap Furo, accessible from the Skateline parking lot in Surava, signposted.

Circular route (Path of the Pioneers) about 2.5 hours

The needle-shaped rock is worth the easy walk, first along the Landwasser river, then uphill at a sulfur spring on a narrow path, a wider path when coming back from Crap Furo to the parking.

The views of the mountains on the northern side of the valley, i.a. Piz Linard were also a highlight that day.

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From Munter to Ziteil Abbey – There’s already plenty of snow in October

The parking lot is some 50 m below Munter, but you have to pay your parking fee at the ticket machine a few hundred meters before arriving to the parking.

On October 6th, 2020, on our way to Ziteil Abbey, there were only traces of snow on the gras. But around 2000 m, the small carriage road was white, and when we arrived to 2200 m, we had some effort walking through 20-25 cm of snow! But even without snow shoes we manage to arrive by strong wind and snow fall at the Ziteil Abbey.

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Coming from Munter
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Piz Toissa seen from Ziteil.
Cold wind, snow falling – nothing left of the sunshine we had starting in Munter.

Back from Ziteil to the car parking in Munter

… with a view towards Lenzerhorn and Aroser Rothorn in Lenzerheide

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Fuorcla Starlera and Fuorcla da Saletscha

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Fuorcla Starlera / Wissberg

Fuorcla Starlera, hike around Piz Mez

From the Radons car park (you have to pay the fee at the ticketmachine a few kilometers before coming to Radons) we take the marked path into Val Curtegns to Fuorcla Starlera. From the pass we follow a path to the right towards Fuorcla Saletscha. Point 2752 m is well worth a detour. From the Fuorcla Saletscha a recent signposting brings us back to more or less visible paths towards Val Schmorras and Radons. This part of the hike might be tiresome, not only the first path being a bumpy, muddy hike in washed-out cow track, but from Alp Schmorras you follow a seemingly endless cartrack to Radons.

Radons is not accessible by car in winter! You could take the bus.

3 passes round Piz Ela

Hiking to three different passes around Piz Ela

Fuorcla Tschitta

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Fuorcla da Tschitta, 2331 m

From Naz bei Preda on the marked hiking trail it goes up quite quickly, sometimes quite steeply up the last alpine pasture. If you can see nothing other than almost vertical rock walls over loose scree, the path turns right behind a rock ridge, the path to Fuorcla da Tschitta becomes less sweaty.
Exceptional view of Piz Ela, to which Corn da Tinizong and Piz Mitgel are lined up on the left in the distance.

Fuorcla da Pischa

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Fuorcla da Pischa, 2871 m

The hiking trail to Fuorcla Pischa starts a little south of the Albula Pass, at the parking lot, where the hiking trail to Chamanna Es-cha begins. We follow this one, but take off to the left about 1 – 1.5 km before the hut and then we go steadily uphill to Fuorcla Pischa with a great view of Piz Ela.

Fuorcla digls Orgels

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From Savognin, a narrow road leads to Plang di Curvanera, 1844 m. There you will find the hiking trail to Fuorcla digls Orgels, 2699m, at the foot of Corn da Tinizong.

Hiking around Chamanna Jenatsch

New photos from hikes around Chamanna Jenatsch -September, 2020

Chamanna Jenatsch / Jenatschhütte

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Piz Bever on the right, Piz Oth at the end of the valley
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Panorama Gletschersee Vadret Agnel
Glacier Lake Vadret d’Agnel
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Piz Traunter Ovas seen from Fuorcla da Flix
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Piz Traunter Ovas seen from Fuorcla Suvretta
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Arch not far from the hiking trail between the road from the Julier Pass to Fuocla d’Agnel

Don’t miss:
Project UND ENDLICH at the arch
Installation: August 19 – September24. – 2021

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Piz Julier
seen from Fuorcla Suvretta
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Having passed the arch we arrived at Pass Leget

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Mingalunhorn

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From Juf we were following the skiroute towards Juferhorn. Just below of the summit, the trail splits. Taking to the right will lead to Juferhorn, the left option, probably the easier one, will head for Mingalunhorn. Stunning views.

Tschima da Flix

July, 5th, 2019. We hiked from Chamanna Jenatsch along the Agnel Glacier to the pass caaled Fuorcla de Flix. From this point you already have a marvellous view over the valley Surses. Even if there are some patches of snow, you could already descend to (or ascend from the Fuorcle d’Agnel to) Marmorera or Alp Flix. For some hikers, it might have been tiring enough, so they could turn around and head back to de Chamanna Jenatsch.

But the inferior summit Tschmia da Flix is only 250 m up, and rather easy going. So we made it to the point 3301m. From here you have the Tschima da Flix in good view, and, what’s much better, a stunning view to the Bernina Mountains.
Just below your feet you see the Calderas Glacier, Piz Calderas 3397 m is just behind!

Changing weather conditions…

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To be in the mountains, to come to Chamanna Jenatsch… and to have perfect weather conditions, blue sky, sunshine, no breeze… that’s what most hikers want.

But if unfortunately you have done the hike, with clouds blocking the views to the summits, or even fog coming in… well, maybe you are a photographer and you’ll be able to take some shots the sunshine most paperazzi will not get!

Jenatschhütte

Since end of Junne 2019 Jill Lucas and Dani Sidler are the new wardens and managers of the mountain hut Jenatsch (Chamanna Jenatsch) .

More information about opening times and facilitiesn on their website www.chamannajenatsch.ch

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Die Chamanna Jenatsch early morning June 20th, 2019

Chamanna Jenatsch is located in the municipality Bever (Kanton Graubünden) at 2653 m.
The shortest way in is a hike from Julierpass just below the Hospizio La Veduta. Starting at 2200 m you’ll have to cross Fuorcla d’Agnel, a hiking pass at 2980 m. Count about 4 hours, depending on your fitness…
It will take a bit longer ( 4 1/2 hours) from RhB-Station Spinas situated at 1815 m., but the hike is easier .
Keep in mind that this route is closed in winter and spring, due to avalanche danger.

More on Chamanna Jenatsch.

Marmots at Chamanna Jenatsch

During your hike to Chamanna Jenatsch you’ll be aware of marmots whistling. The little guys never forget to warn all other animals from approaching danger…

The marmots living around Chamanna Jenatsch are less frightened, due to regular presents of hikers. So, maybe, you’ll take your camera and you’ll try to get a good picture!