Haldensteiner Calanda (von Vättis): viel Steinwild
Hiking classification: 3 stars (nice)
The hike starts in Vättis and follows a marked, small path. However, it is not an officially marked route. The path is from the beginning onwards very steep and somewhat exposed (T3). In the beginning the path is in the woods, later over gras and some rocky parts. Then there are also some parts which are quite flat - not for long. We take a rest in such a part, around 2030 m and see a large group of "gemsen", in total about 50, divided over four subgroups. I never saw such a big group together. We see also higher above us, a group of 12 "steinböcker" resting in the sun. Finally, a crack in the rocks, not broader than one meter is passed, there are a few climbing steps (I, T4). From the pass, a path is followed over gras, stones and some rocks, and after a while the summit of the Haldensteiner Calanda is reached (T3+). The Föhnwind on the Haldensteiner Calanda is rather strong and after a short stop we decide to descend. The descent to the Calandahütte follows the ridge (in the beginning the same way as the ascent), and descends later moderately steep towards the hut.
Route: Vättis- Gonscherolaboden- Unter-Haldensteinerschaftäli- Tüfels Chilchli- Haldensteiner Calanda- Calandahütte.
Wetter: Sonnig mit wenig Quellwolken. Starker Föhn.
Tiere: Ca. 50 Gemsen, und eine Gruppe von 12 Steinböcke!