2004 - The Col de la Schlucht is a mountain pass 1.390 m in the Vosges Mountains of France which connects Munster with Gérardmer and is also crossed by the Route des Crêtes. To prepare for Mont Blanc climb, we choose this trail during winter time in order to test outdoor walking, sleeping, cooking, snowshoes, cramps, ... This loop trail is marked with a blue rectangle.
The Route des Crêtes starts at the Col de la Schlucht. After 1.5 hours of breathtaking panoramic views, you arrive in Frankenthal, with a view of the alpine meadows of the Hohneck. Then climb along the mountainside steeply up to the Schaefertal an dfuthetr on to the top of the Hohneck 1363 m. The descent via Col du Folimont to the Col de la Schlucht can be done in 1 hr.
Prepare yourself for a good hike in fog, rain, snow or hail when you leave during winter time. No climbing experience needed but be careful and take care of slippery rocks.
Take a good tent and sleeping bag with you. Snowshoes and walking sticks are necessary trekking items in this season.
FOOD & TRAVELLING
This moderate trail requires preparation for food as well as for sleeping.
A good gas burner, duvet sleeping bag and rainproof tent are advisory.
Don't forget gpx tracks and landmap as the snowwhite winter scene is difficult to orientate.