Via Albula #07 – Morteratsch to Alp Grüm
The second day started really cold, the temperatures where below zero and at some point at night, the rain changed to a mix of snow and rain.
The week before they had record high temperatures and in just one night we where back to winter climate.
So because of the wet and snowy condition, I decided leave my tent at the campsite and hung my sleeping bag in the dry room. That night the condensation in my tent was terrible. It was so strong that water dripped down on my sleeping bag. I tried to keep me and my sleeping bag dry by wiping the water from the tent walls, every time I woke up but in the end it was pointless.
Does someone have a better solution for this kind of problem?
So I left the tent, sleeping bag, insulation mat and some food at the campsite, everything else came with me. It is not the full pack weight but I didn’t fancy to pack the wet things. I am a lazy person at heart, just so you know.
I started my hike at Morteratsch where the campground is located. My goal that day was to hike to Alp Grüm, the weather forecast said the weather in that direction should be better than in the general area of St. Moritz.
The beginning is a bit steep but once you cleared that, the path is a nice and easy. The landscape up there reminded me a lot of Scotland and the rugged land.
On this sections you pass a few train stations, Bernina Suot, Bernina Diavolezza (a lot of Japanese tourists hop on the cable car, that brings you close to 3000m high) from there you walk past the lake lei Nair (black lake) and Lago Bianco (white lake) to Ospizio Bernina at 2253m the highest train station of the Rhaetian Railway. The lei Nair and lago Bianco are the geographic divide of the language romansh and italian. The water of the lake Lei Nair flows into the black sea and the lago bianco into the adria sea.
After Ospizio Bernina you walk along the lago Bianco and the via Albula hike directs you to the hut Sassal Mason but there where a few snow fields and I didn’t dare to walk through them. Not this short of my holidays and definitely not when I hike alone (it was steep and if you slip it goes way down). So I chose a different path that follows the railway.
Best encounter of the day:
Lunch at Alp Grüm, I arrived just around one o’clock and decided to get lunch at the restaurant. It was the best lunch break on this trip. I sat at the table and just across from me a man tried to explain to a another man where he can take a short hike around Alp Grüm. This man looked a bit lost and I offered him my printed maps, as I just hiked this section I had them with me. In the end I shared a table with a German Professor who teaches Nutrion at the University of North California and a Lawyer from Shanghai. It was a fantastic lunch and learned a lot about nutrition and exercise. Really nice encounter and hope to have a lot more of these in the future.
What I learned that day:
That I have to learn how to deal with wet conditions when camping. It’s not nice, that’s for sure but I am sure if you know how to deal with certain things properly then it’s a lot more comfortable and not a hassle. So I think with time it will get better, I might get more organised and we will see.
From: Morteratsch to Alp Grüm
Walking Time: 4h 30min