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Day 41 : Gadafura-Hutte – Blons 21st July 2013

Leaving Konrad & Anita (kind & friendly refuge keepers/owners) nice & clean Gafadura-Hutte.

On the way to Austria at 7:30am

8am 1630m Back to Prafazei, on the via alpina red trail.Leaving Via alpina green trail and Liechtenstein.Going down towards Feldkirch

8:10am 1473m Sarojaalpe.Via alpina way goes straight by Feldkirh hutte marked 1h.Feldkirch marked 2h45.
Going right,Frastanz marked 2h15.Taking Frastanz shortcut,no need to go Feldkirch

9:30am 763m Amerlugen.Feldkirch marked 1h.Frastanz marked 35mins in the other direction.

Following down to Frastanz through forest trails and roads yellow and white markers

10:20am catched the via alpina red trail coming from Feldkirch. 473m Brugger Torkel. Satteins marked 1h15

10:35am 510m Krist.2ways to go to Satteins.Straight by the road (roman way) marked 40mins. Or up left on via alpina red trail (called walgauweg) marked 45mins to get away of the noisy nearby passing highway.

12:30am leaving Satteins. Lunch + drinks 19EUR

1:15pm 610m Rons.Schnifis walgauweg marked 30mins

2:45pm 780m Plattenhof.Thuringerberg marked 1h15

Lots of roads,forest trails,religious items on this first transition day in the Austrian countryside,moving up to enter Grosse Walsertal valley

3:45pm 875m Kirche HI. Andreas.St Gerold marked 1h15

Thuringerberg has a restaurant/gasthaus and a petrol station with survival groceries available opened on sunday

Light rain started around 4:15pm but quickly stopped once again.

5:35pm 840m St Gerold Propstei.Blons marked 1h15 by walserweg

6:30pm 890m Blons.Stopping for some dinner

About 7pm young locals dressed as firefighters comes in and joined me at the table outdoor.

Meet Simon 19years old, after talking and videotaped him telling me the different local dialect here in Vorarlberg county Austria.

Simon invited me to stay at his house if his parents agreed…

Distance covered : 34,2km
Walking time : 7h35
Resting time : 4h50
Altitude : 888m
Date : sunday 21st July 2013
Weather : very hot & sunny, light rain in the late afternoon, clear in the evening

Simon and his brother David went to ask the Blons priest if it will possible to stay in the church.The open minded priest says no (it is not raining) but gave some cabbage that can be eaten raw.

Simon and David took me too there house so i could take a shower and showed me where in Blons school playground, the tent could be pitched for the night.

After shower, Simon mother gave me some cakes and cherries and told me if needed anything, could come in and ask.

What an amazing way to end up that first via alpina day in Austria…

At the Blons restaurant, someone paid for a drink and the waitress did not want me to pay the cents of my bill.
Left 24euros for the meal + drinks + increbible encounters with the locals here in Blons Vorarlberg county Austria.

9:30pm looks like full moon tonight.


Drei Schwestern view


First wood chapel in Austria


Drei Schwestern from the Austrian


House on the way


Chapel in the forest


Simon 19 (left) and Blons volontary firefighters

Day 40 – Sargans – Gafadura-Hutte 20th July 2013

Bought a croissant and got the charged up electronics back 6:40am

On the way to Liechtenstein 7:15am

7:20am 540m Schloss Sargans.Sevelen marked 3h35

8:40am 497m Azmoos.Sevelen marked 2h

10am leaving Azmoos

10:30am 602m Gretschins.Sevelen marked 1h.Buchs marked 2h20

11:10am 470m Sevelen dorf.Vaduz marked 1h10

11:45am leaving Schweiz and entering Liechtenstein by crossing Rhein river by “Rheinbrucke Vaduz-Sevelen” wood bridge.

1:15pm leaving touristic Vaduz.Heading for Gafadurahutte where a 20CHF bunk bed has been reserved for me by the Vaduz tourist office.

There are 2 ways to reach Gafadura-Hutte.the hard but really worth it one up by Furstenteig or in the valley down by the Furstenweg and Planken.

Highest point in the Liechtenstein principality is 2599m.Lowest 430m.

Lots of informations about the principality are displayed on the castle way (schlossweg)

Current prince Hans Adam 2 is the 13th reigning prince of Liechtenstein.

1:30pm 576m Schloss Vaduz.Gaflei marked 2h45

2:20pm 847m Ruine Wildschloss

3:35pm 1483m Gaflei.Sucka marked 1h.Planken marked 4h30

4:30pm 1856m Gafleisattel

5:15pm 2070m Rover Schaan cross

5:35pm 2105m Garsellakopf.Nice ridge hike up here..one more cross to go

6:05pm 2052m Drei Schwestern. View on Frastanz Austria

On the very steep way down from Drei Schwestern,there are 2 ladders and a safety line to help.there is a way around this spot to avoid the ladders

6:45pm 1630m Prafazei.Gafadura-Hutte marked 30mins.Feldkirch marked 3h

7:10pm 1428m Gafadura-Hutte

Supposed to be a transition day..turned out to be a hard one but good one on a narrow trail in the rocks from Furstensteig

Distance covered : 35,5km
Walking time : 8h35
Resting time : 3h15
Altitude : 1428m
Date : saturday 20th july 2013
Weather : sunny & hot,cloudy late afternoon

9:30pm 2swiss girls (selma & serena hiking for the week end) speaking french help me out to translated and videotaped Hans 75years old man telling stories. Hans is taking care of the veals in the nearby alpage

This Via Alpina day was on stage C2 and R56 from Furstenteig


Sargans castle


Sargans view


Vaduz castle


On the way up to Furstensteig






Gadafura-Hutte Liechtenstein 1428m


Sunset at Gadafura-Hutte


Hans 75 drinking local cider & telling stories


Liechtenstein Vaduz-Feldkrich map