Hike from Montbovon to Montreux
The sun is back again after last weekend’s wind and rain, and I would like to propose a Sunday hike close to Lausanne to take advantage of the beautiful autumnal weather. We start in Montbovon in the valley behind Montreux and hike up Protected content to Col de Jaman for a beautiful view over Lake Geneva, before continuing down to Montreux. The total route is about 20 kms, but for anyone who tires along the way, it is easy to cut the hike short and jump on the train as the route closely follows the railway running between Montbovon and Montreux.
We meet at Protected content
For the purpose of coordinating transport, arrival timings and other matters, I invite you to send a WhatsApp message to me on Protected content so that I can set up a group for the hike. We can also use the group to share photos after the hike.
This route is easily accessible by train, and this may be the most convenient option for most participants. For those who prefer to travel by car, the train can take you from Montreux (or an intermediate stop) back to your car in Montbovon. For those who prefer to travel by car, I encourage you to car pool, and suggest that offers and requests for car pooling be posted on the Internations board, with later coordination directly by WhatsApp. Each driver is free to decide on the contribution of each passenger, but in the absence of any particular policy on the part of the driver, I suggest each passenger contributes based on a rule of thumb of 8 centimes per km for the journey there and back, as well as sharing any parking costs.
4. Clothing and equipment
The temperature should stay above 10 degrees, but it could be a bit windy in places and in the autumn conditions can change, so warm waterproof clothing and strong waterproof boots are a must. Hiking poles are also a must, as they not only help with steep and slippery conditions, but also help to redistribute the effort involved in the hike across your whole body. For anyone who does not have hiking poles, they cost from 40 CHF and can be ordered online. Please also do not forget sun cream and a hat to protect you from the elements.
5. Food and drink
It is normal to underestimate the amount of water you will consume on a hike, and so I recommend bringing 2 litres each. Please bring a picnic and snacks, as we will not be stopping at any restaurants on the way.
6. Ability levels
This is a hike for all ability levels, we will not be taking any challenging trails.
The only costs will be getting to and from the start point.
If your plans change and you realise you can no longer join the hike, please cancel your participation on the Internations site, as the number of participants is always capped and there may be other members who wish to join the hike in your place.
If weather conditions deteriorate to the extent that this hike becomes impractical, I will send a message to participants the previous day.
Please note that by signing up for this hike, you accept full personal responsibility for your own safety. The organisers of hikes are not trained guides, and often have not hiked the route before. Their only role is to coordinate the participants, the responsibility for safety continues to rest with each participant.
10. Mountain rescue
Please note that mountains are dangerous environments, and accidents will sometimes happen, whether or not these are within the control of the individual concerned. I encourage everyone to become a patron of the Swiss mountain rescue organisation Rega at a cost of 30 CHF per year, which will entitle them to free evacuation to a hospital in case of injury.
Dogs are very welcome - on the contrary if you have any dog allergies, please bear in mind that there will be at least one dog on the hike.
If anyone has any questions, please message me on WhatsApp
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