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We then began a wonderful traverse of the ridge, heading westward along it (by the way, according to the topo map that I have, the ridge itself is called 'Il Fil'). We had not yet reached the highpoint along the ridge, and so we occasionally had a bit of climbing to do. The view along the ridge when the sun came out was great -- there's nothing quite like a beautiful open walk along a ridge with big dropoffs (even if in this case the big dropoff was only on one side).
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Wonderful Scenery
Way down!
Ridgewalk of Il Fil
Piz Dolf
Asmir on Il Fil
Rocky Step on Il Fil
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Easy ridge crest walking
Nice Ridgewalk
Asmir atop Il Fil
It wasn't long before we reached the highpoint of the ridge, a broad flat spot, at nearly 2700m (8850 feet), it was also the highest so far on our trip (and also Asmir's highest ever hike). The clouds had fortunately retreated somewhat, and we had beautiful crystal clear views to all of the rugged higher peaks to the north.
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Atlas and Tschingelhoren
Jenn is lookin' around
They made me do it
Jenn on Alpine Flat
Piz Segnas
Next was the short walk over to the top lift station of the series of lifts that would take us all the way back down to Flims. Fortunately the terrain was as described in my notes: there was only the most modest of slight hills to descend along the ridge before we arrived at the top lift station. Asmir's and Miriam's knees were spared from any agony today.
Hiking to the top chairlift
Cablecar down
Snack at Alp Naraus
The cablecar rides down were fun and, as is to be expected, quite unstrenuous. We stopped for a snack at a restaurant at one of the intermediate lift stations, enjoying some mid-afternoon desserts and drinks. Unbeknownst to me, I left my hiking map, map holder, and Alpine Club card at the restaurant. Most unfortunate of the three was my alpine club card, which entitled me to substantial discounts at alpine huts in Italy, and which I fully intended to use.
Nearing Flims
We arrived back down at Flims at about 4:30pm, giving us plenty of time for a 20 minute drive back to the flat and a relaxed evening of dinner, games, and wine tasting.
Interactive Trackmap & Photo Points - Crap da Flem Hike - Double-click map to expand
Bus Ride to Hike Start
(Track color: )
Start Time: 10:18AM
End Time: 10:58AM
Duration: 0h39m
Distance: 6.94 km (4.31 mi)
Average Speed: 10.7 km/hr (6.6 mph)
Start Elevation: 3283ft (1001m) *
Max Elevation: 5035ft (1535m) *
Min Elevation: 3283ft (1001m) *
End Elevation: 5033ft (1534m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1695ft (517m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 0ft (0m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Hike Crap da Flem
Start Time: 11:03AM
End Time: 3:16PM
Duration: 4h13m
Distance: 8.68 km (5.39 mi)
Average Speed: 2.1 km/hr (1.3 mph)
Start Elevation: 5065ft (1544m) *
Max Elevation: 8847ft (2697m) *
Min Elevation: 5065ft (1544m) *
End Elevation: 8652ft (2637m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 3789ft (1155m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 229ft (70m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Chairlifts Down
(Track color: )
Start Time: 3:30PM
End Time: 4:33PM
Duration: 1h2m
Distance: 5.38 km (3.34 mi)
Average Speed: 5.2 km/hr (3.2 mph)
Start Elevation: 8650ft (2637m) *
Max Elevation: 8650ft (2637m) *
Min Elevation: 3612ft (1101m) *
End Elevation: 3612ft (1101m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 0ft (0m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 4953ft (1510m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Crap da Flem, Elevation over Distance
Crap da Flem, Elevation over Time
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