Walk Up Crap Masegn

We went to Laax at the beginning of July, which was just outside the Summer season. The one thing that was very disappointing was the weather. It was quite misty with a lot of low cloud, so there were days where we could not even see the mountains. There was also a lot of rain, which quite surprised me, as I always associated Switzerland with snow or sunshine.

It swung from the extremes of gorgeous, bright sunshine to driving rain.

As it was pre-season, there were still many things that were closed or only operating on a partial service. This was the case with the gondolas and lifts.

This morning we went up in the gondola to Nagens, which was as far as we could go today. It was raining heavily and visibility was very poor, which was why we could not go right up to Cassons.

Wet Switzerland

Wet Switzerland

We indulged ourselves with some yummy Swiss PflaumenTorte (Plum Cake) and headed back down the mountain.

Wet Gondola Ride

Wet Gondola Ride

It was a bit of a mooching about day as we really did not quite know what to do with ourselves. We drove into Ilanz to have a look around, as it is one of the oldest towns in the Rhine Valley. There was nothing much open, apart from one coffee shop and we were refused entry there because we had not booked!

Ilanz City Gate in the Rain

Ilanz City Gate in the Rain

I was desperate to go up to the Vorab Glacier at the top of the Mountain. In February I had not been able to go to the top because I had needed skis or a snowboard to get back down and I had neither. I thought I might be able to walk up there in July, as I thought the snow would have all gone.

Crap Sogn Gion station © Gregory Goldston

Crap Sogn Gion station © Gregory Goldston

Despite the low-hanging cloud, we decided to see how far up we could go. We caught the cable car to the first stop, which was Crap Sogn Gion and decided we would walk up to the next stop at Crap Measegn.

The cable car operator looked very dubious as he watched these two mad English people head off up the mountain into the clouds. He made a point of telling us – several times – that the last cable car was at 4.30pm and that nothing was open at Crap Masegn.

Undaunted, we set off and I am so glad we did.

It was not long before we were above the clouds. Every so often, there would be a break in the clouds and we would get a spectacular view across the valleys below and also up to our destination at Crap Masegn.

Crap Masegn

Crap Masegn

The clouds above us were quite dark and moody over the mountain and, from time to time, they would part and give us an awesome view.

Looking towards Vorab Glacier

Looking towards Vorab Glacier

Crap Masegn was covered in mist and cloud and we could not even see the peak of the Vorab Glacier. When we got there, we encountered another worker and it took some reassurance – in my best German- to convince him that that we were not planning on walking any further up the mountain. It would have been madness to do so!

View down to Crap Sogn Gion

View down to Crap Sogn Gion

We were certainly fitter than we were in February. Back then we had just walked down the snowy path from Crap Masegn to Crap Sogn Gion. This time we walked both ways and we did it in less time.

Greg managed to capture some very moody mountain shots.

Moody Mountains © Gregory Goldston

Moody Mountains © Gregory Goldston

We were conscious of time and also very aware that the weather was closing in and there was a dark storm brewing, so we headed back to Crap Sogn Gion.

I have never seen anyone look so relieved as the cable car operator did when he saw us walk into the cable car station!

I was very glad that we had made a point of telling people where we were going as I would not have wanted to be out on the mountain overnight. Much as I love mountains, I also love my creature comforts!

Despite the weather, we still had a fabulous time.

Amanda

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