Last week I went on my 5 day hiking trip to Engadin in Graubünden. The idea was to go with all the gear for the John Muir Trail next month and see how what works and what not. Additionally I wanted to see how my body reacts on an extended trip, if all the exercise I did in the last few month have a positive impact and see where I can improve.
On my first Day I started section #05 from Spinas to St. Moritz. Spinas is on the other side of the Albula Pass, in the valley of Val Bever. A really beautiful place, when I passed it last winter it always looked like a place out of a fairy tale. The distance from Spinas to Bever is around 5km and ideal for a shorter hike. It is also a good hike if you start in Bever and walk to Spinas as there is a Restaurant by the Train station.
The section from Bever to St. Moritz wasn’t really special, but it was more because the walking path along the River Inn was closed due flooding and I had to walk along the road. I won’t write a lot about St. Moritz, I walk trough it to get to the Train Station and passed some really expensive brand shops and 5 star hotels, and of course a lot of tourists.
The morning weather in the morning and early afternoon was fantastic but that should change in the early evening. So my goal was this relative short hike of 13km, and make my way to the campground in Morteratsch.
Some train stations operated by the Rhaetian Railway only “stop on request” or in Romansh “Fermeda sün dumanda” (one of the 4 national languages) so either you press a button at the train station or one in the Train, Morteratsch is one of those stations.
Best encounter of the day:
Japanese Lady who didn’t know how to open the toilet door on the train.
The Wagon I was in was full of Japanese tourist. I really do not know if this is a standard everywhere or not, but I think here in europe the doors on the trains for the toilets open to the inside, and not to the corridor. I think the main reason is that if there is a lot of luggage there or people waiting, one can still enter and leave the toilet. Anyway so this japanese woman only tried to open it to the corridor and of course it didn’t open, so she waits there for a while and thinks someone is in there. I didn’t wait long to help out, I mean there is nothing worse than the feeling you have to go but can not. The women was grateful and I think also a little embarrassed, she had a good laugh and thanked me.
What I learned that day:
It’s ok to know the theory, also to think “yeah it could be better but I am sure it will work” it didn’t. The thing was where to pitch a tent. I was at a campground so where its about a given. My problem and I really underestimated it was that where it is flat and nice and everything else, it’s also a little indentation. So if it rains it will collect a puddle of water there first.
I knew that of course, I also knew that there will be rain later in the day and some more the following days. What I didn’t know was that the rain would create a a nice big puddle under my tent really fast. After it started raining an hour later I had a little water bed under my tent.
So what did I do? I tried to get as much stuff out of my tent (everything that could get wet) and find a place higher, and still on the grounds of my rented space.
And I did move my tent on a higher place, the problem was that it was uneven and you did feel it when sleeping, but I think it was better than to stay on the puddle of water. By the way I wasn’t the only person with this problem, my two neighbours had the same problem, their solution was to dig an outflow for the water.
Max elevation: 1896 m
Min elevation: 1715 m
Total climbing: 406 m
Total descent: -235 m