On the road with Marianne
Sunrise on Piz Spadla
On a Tuesday morning in the morning – the weather promised good and the sunrise was announced for 06.57 hrs – we started our hike at 05.15 hrs. Due to time constraints, we allowed ourselves the luxury of a car ride to about one kilometre before Alp Spadla. There we started our march on the hiking trail towards Mot Spadla. Nothing would have been possible without a headlamp, the day before Leermond.
Luckily my companions had some with them. The trail went quickly uphill, and the avalanche barriers of Mot Spadla could be seen from afar. After 45 minutes we reached the first stage goal. By the way, because Mot Spadla can be seen from the village square in Sent, one of the many bonfires is lit on the mountain summit on 1 August.
The path continues somewhat less steeply along a ridge towards Piz Spadla. On this path the view is great. You can see far into the Val Laver, the Piz Davo Lais, the Champatsch (a corner of our ski area), the Piz Arina and the valley to Vnà and Ramosch.
A passage that once gave the trail «blue and white» status now has a chain. It is easy to hold on to it and thus bridge the somewhat tricky sections. However, you need to be free from vertigo because these parts are quite exposed.
Arriving at Piz Spadla, we wait for the sunrise. In the meantime we are busy taking photos. From here, of course, you can also see the inhabited side of the valley, namely in the direction of Scuol, Tarasp, Alp Laisch and Crap Putèr. My companion Reto even brought along a Tschlin beer, as he has a tradition of always taking a photo with a beer on it when he is on a «Piz». The entry in the summit book must not be forgotten – to read who was there last and make your own comment on how you feel.
My two companions and I still have to go to work today. So we soon start the descent. Somewhat unconventionally, we take the «shortcut» in the direction of Alp Spadla. However, this requires good shoes and helpful use of poles. It is easy to slip on the scree. However, it is not dangerous – you slide a few metres, but cannot fall anywhere. Now we have reached Alp Spadla. We still have the few 100 metres to the car. Great memories of this wonderful hike, which we now take with us after this brisk start to the day. Gladly again!
Important to know:
- Weather forecast: it is best to find out before the hike when to expect sunrise
- Equipment: hiking boots, warm clothing, sun and rain protection, picnic
Marianne Werro is a staff member at the guest information office and can mainly be found at the branch office in Sent. In her free time she likes to be out and about, especially on foot in the Engadine mountains.