The depth and density of the European Alps always attracted me and exploring the endless valleys and peaks on skis, by climbing or motorcycle is my passion that stretches back long before I moved to Switzerland around 12 years ago.
Since navigation and wayfinding are a central part of moving around the alpine backcountry, both became also part of my professional life. In 2010-12, together with the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) we developed the first prototype of a mobile tour planning application for Swiss backcountry skiers and touring guides. Currently, I work as a design educator at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – a perfect starting point for many of the trails included in TET Switzerland.
As you might know, dirt riding in Switzerland is very restricted and it is really hard to find legal off-pavement trails without invading anybody’s private land, farmland, forests or wildlife reserves. With a respectful approach though, it becomes a great challenge to scout legal unpaved trails and I’m proud to contribute to TET by gathering these options and taking care of the trail as your Linesman. I’m also thankful to all the other people who have already contributed to TET Switzerland by submitting their tracks and I’m looking forward to receiving any suggestions which might become part of the trail in the future.
For now, I hope you enjoy the first release and with open eyes and an open heart, even the road sections will pay-off with beautiful surroundings and a peek into the reality some people are facing every day when living and working in some of Switzerland’s remote areas.
The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.
Practical tips for trails you do not know;