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Furka Pass I by John Opie

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John Opie John Opie
Explore score
1.37 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 28, 2013
Date taken
Jul 30, 2013

Driving between Zermatt and Lucerne, you have to go over the Furka Pass. The pass peaks at 2492 m or 7976 ft and connects the Ursern valley, the upper valley of the Reuss river, with Goms in the Canton of Valais. It also represents the watershed between the two. It was the longest pass road in Switzerland when it opened in 1866 and was built for strategic military reasons, as it allows transfer from the area of Lucerne to Zermatt and Italy. The pass is closed during the winter. The road is extremely windy and has multiple switchbacks leading up to the pass and back down again. Maximum slope of the pass road is 11, average is between 7.6% and 6.6%, depending on which side of the pass. and the pass road extends over 31km between Gletsch and Andermatt. The Furka Pass was used by the Romans and during the 13th century the pass wias used to transport salt, wine, furs and grain. The Rhone glacier used to extend down to the town of Gletch in the 19th century, but has receded since. During the confessional conflicts of the 15th century it was the only secture transit between the catholic portions of Switzerland. At the height of tourism in the area, there were over 600 hotel beds available, now significantly fewer with only a few hotels remaining open during the summer and none during the winter (the pass is closed). As of the end of September, the pass is open, but it had opened first on 13 June 2013 from winter closure. For many years it was the highest driveable pass in Switzerland

The name "Furka" comes from the latin furca, which is a two-tined fork. In Switzerland this term is used to designate any pass that runs sunken between between two high points, or for mountain peaks that have two summits.

If you remember your Bond films, Tilly Masterson attempts to snipe Goldfinger. The scene was filmed at the Furka Pass around the Belvedere Hotel and the front of the Rhone Glacier.

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