2010-07-13 45 7
Near the Rotenboden train station (Gornergratbahn), 2800 m high.
Take the train in Visp at 13:10 towards Zermatt, change to the 14:24 Gornergrat train, reach the hash around 15:00.
Continue to Gornergrat with the 15:16 or 15:40 train.
Go back to Zermatt -> arrival between 16:00 and 17:30 (roughly one train every 20 min.)
To be honest, I had been looking at the 45, 7 coordinates for quite a while. I was ready to consider a week-end trip to the Aosta area for instance in order to claim the graticule. This would not have been my first hash in the Alps, however it meant a fair amount of time to spend on the train... Nevertheless I quickly checked the train schedule] to see if I could make it by taking only the afternoon off. To my surprise, the hashpoint lied within three hours from my work, which is quite amazing when you realize where it's located... Hey, we spent 3.5 billion for that, but in certain circumstances it's really worth it! After I realized it was doable, it became difficult to stick that idea out of my mind. So I decided it was easier to just go for it, and I arranged the afternoon off.
Some co-workers were a bit puzzled the next day seeing me arriving with a big backpack (the best expedition-proof solution I found to fit both my work and geohash gear).
The rest of the day went exactly according to the plan. Not the best weather you could dream of, but still a very nice afternoon, away from the heat.
|Crox earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
|Crox earned the Hashcard achievement|