How steep is 28%?

Ex-hill-erating! See what I did there? Oh never mind!

I experienced what I was told was one of the steepest roads in Europe at the weekend. The 28% gradient mentioned on the signpost means nothing until you’re going down it in a bus load of people with a trailer full of luggage behind it. Think of it as a slow and not so steady rollercoaster through carved rock walls with forests and waterfalls all around!

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The road in all it’s glory! Breathtaking in every sense of the word!

 

For our alpine walk at the weekend we stayed in a tiny place called Griesalp at the top of this daunting slope. There’s a hut/hostel there that was a fantastic place to stay. We got up early on the Saturday to be greeted by dense fog and so had a lazy morning sitting in the common room and waiting for the weather to clear.

Around midday we set off and had a great day in the mountains. Saturday evening was spent drinking beer by the fire and playing poker and a memory game we found on a shelf. Needless to say I lost the memory game after my third beer. I still there was foul play going on but wasn’t bothered enough to find out!

Sunday was a clear and warm day so we set off early and walked for three hours up to a glacier and a very isolated mountain hut where we stopped for lunch. We then made it back down for a quick beer before getting back on the bus to negotiate the 28% slope again! Such a beautiful place and we’ve made promises to go back next year.

I want to try driving that rollercoaster!

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