One is richly rewarded for climbing up the imposing pudding stone pyramid, the Speer: hundreds of peaks are to be seen, from Tirol to the Valais Alps. All of Lake Zurich and Lake Constance are spread out before one.
One begins this technically demanding tour up the Speer and its neighbor Chüermettler between Mittlerwengi and the Oberen Rossalp. The trail then continues to the north flank of the Speer. One is immediately challenged by the first pudding stone chunks that one must climb, as they are fairly demanding. Just as well, for anyone finding this proof of fitness and technical mastery too difficult should turn around and try it from the southwest. The higher one climbs the more threatening it is to look down – at the same time, one has a greater chance of meeting ibexes. These animals were reintroduced to this area in the 1990s. They exhibit little fear of people – one can observe them on the rocky terraces of the Speer from just a few meters away.
After a climb of about half an hour among the cliffs, one arrives at the peak platform by means of a metal stairway(!). Here one can enjoy the panorama, described at the entryway, and then continue along the ridge to the southwest. After a descent toward Hinterwengi of about 400 meters difference in altitude, one turns off on the trail to Chüemettler. This little bother of the Speer also presents one with a super view.
A few meters south of the peak, one turns onto the climbing trail in the direction of Obere Bogmen. The cliffs of the Chüemettler are not as high as those of the Speer, but one is thankful nonetheless for the ropes and posts that impart security on this climbing trail. Arriving at Obere Bogmen, one is rewarded with a good lunch in the Alpine restaurant. The owner, Fritz Kohler, prepares a Bogmen platter for CHF 17, featuring excellent bacon, Salsiz and cheese. The trail down from the Bogmen is very steep, until one reaches the Mittlerwengi parking lot about half an hour later.
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Tour history (B05064)
First published: Dienstag, 25. Oktober 2011
Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014
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