The Pass will take us up and over 2264 metres (that’s over 7000 feet)
Kevin told us that the views of the Stein Glacier are fantastic and if we don’t get there within the next 100 years they will have melted away.
So off we head in a hurry because scientists have warned that at the current melt rate the Swiss Alps will no longer be covered by ice at the end of the century.
I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of “the mountain pass”. Before history, perhaps before time, people have been crossing mountains, following the rivers to their source, the valleys with their steep slopes and the low points along the ridges.
Their desire to trade, to travel and to make war with neighbours on the other side of the hill dictated that they must find an easy way across nature’s barrier. There is no plaque, no tablet, no commemoration but I’m sure the Romans would have crossed over here sometime in the past.
This pass is old, being more road than tunnels and as we set out on its hairpins, long sweeping bends and steep climbs the views are amazing.
But what’s really interesting about a mountain pass is that it represents the point of victory in the battle between a mountain, which must stand as tall as it can, and the trail, which must follow the lowest possible route.
The mountain’s goal is to force the route to go higher and even higher and the trail’s goal is to cross over at the most opportune and lowest point.
They meet in combat for the final showdown and it is at this point that the route always conquers his formidable natural nemesis, the mountain.
This place, where the mountain surrenders, is known as the “Pass”
We are now halfway up to the place of the ‘final showdown’ and we’re pulling over at the Cafe Stustenbrueggli for a hot chocolate.