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Steigle - Belalp, VS, Switzerland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
N 46° 23.035 E 007° 59.483
32T E 422442 N 5137198
Quick Description: This medieval dry-stone staircase is today of of the highlights of the hike from Belalp to Blatten.
Location: Valais, Switzerland
Date Posted: 12/17/2018 10:35:10 AM
Waymark Code: WMZPW5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
EN: The path from Belalp to the Massa gorge was already made possible in the Middle Ages via this stone construction, which runs in a zig-zag staircase over a rock face that is about one hundred meters high. This section is called Steigle. Originally it was used to give the grazing animals access to the summer pastures in the otherwise fairly secluded valley below the glacier tongue of the Aletsch Glacier. Even today, this is still done, especially sheep spend the summer there. However, most users of the trail today are tourists on the well-known five-hour hike from Belalp to Riederalp.

DE: Der Weg von Belalp in die Massa-Schlucht wurde schon im Mittelalter über diese Steinkonstruktion möglich gemacht, die treppenartig im Zick-Zack über eine rund hundert Meter hohe Felswand führt. Dieser Abschnitt wird Steigle genannt. Ursprünglich diente er dazu, den Weidetieren den Zugang zu den Sommerweiden im sonst ziemlich abgeschlossenen Tal unterhalb der Gletscherzunge des Aletschgletschers zu ermöglichen. Auch heute wird das noch gemacht, vor allem Schafe verbringen dort den Sommer. Die meisten Benutzer des Wegs sind heute aber Touristen auf der bekannten rund fünf Stunden dauernden Wanderung von Belalp nach Riederalp.
Feature Discription: a unique medieval dry-stone staircase for animals

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Beginning of the road: Naters - Blatten - Belalp

Secondary Web Address: Not listed

End of the road: Not listed

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