La Haute Route - Alpine Bushtrip

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#Real-Life #Sightseeing #Photogrammetry Switzerland Exclusive Drag and Drop

La Haute Route (trans: The High Road) is a rough trail between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland.  Made on foot and skis over alpine ridges and glaciers since the 1800s, it usually takes between one and two weeks to travel.  This Bushtrip is inspired by this trail, and extends it.

Take a tour of the Alps starting from the French town of Sallanches near Chamonix, at the foot of the Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.  We will use glaciers as roads to cross over into southern Switzerland and again crossing briefly into Italy through Zermatt, before heading into Eastern switzerland and around to Lake Lucerne via numerous scenic passes and valleys.

I have been told that this Bushtrip is to be considered "Advanced" - for those who enjoy a challenge.

Once you have completed this bushtrip, Part 2 can be found here :
La Haute Route - Alpine Bushtrip Part 2
Current Version 2.0 by Dready1906

Created using :
Current Version by BuffyGC

Many thanks to BuffyGC for an excellent tool which he is continuously working to improve, and for the 30 or so emails we traded over the past couple of weeks working out various bugs and issues.

Simply unzip the file, and copy the resulting folder and contents into the Community folder.

This bushtrip uses the very nice livery of REGA, the Swiss air rescue and air ambulance service.  You can find it here.

X-Cub Rega Swiss Air Rescue
Current Version 1.1 by ANN0V

1) There are numerous climbs to high altitude on this trip.  FS2020 disables the Automixture feature in Bushtrips so you will have to manage the Fuel Mixture yourself.  Above 10,000 feet mixture should be around 50-40%, otherwise you will find yourself out of power and unable to climb.  If you find yourself unable to reach altitude for a certain pass, you should have room to circle and keep climbing before resuming your route.

2) The Navlog instructions are detailed with pictures, sometimes with routes marked with arrows, and hints as to when you should start climbing, as sometimes steep elevation changes will creep up on you.  I strongly suggest you use the Active Pause feature (key it to the Pause button on your keyboard), and periodically stop and check the entries on the next few waypoints.  This is also a good time to check out the scenery.

3) The GPS course is loaded into the X-Cub's navigation system, so you can look at the course indicator on the PFD if you are confused by the Navlog instructions.  If you don't want to see these 'hints' you can change the CDI source to NAV1 or 2 and you won't see them.  The autopilot NAV mode works as well, but I would not recommend that because some of the waypoints show a straight line when actually you have to dodge a few mountains in the way. 

4) When starting a new leg, you will spawn where you ended the previous leg. On this bushtrip, this may be uphill on a steeply sloped airstrip, headed the wrong way for takeoff.  So when spawning, immediately make sure your brakes are on, and check if you need to taxi to a proper takeoff position.  

5) While the total distance is not great, and estimated completion time (calculated by FS2020 as the distance at the X-Cub's maximum cruise speed) is only a bit over 3 hours, in reality it will take you quite a bit longer, because of all the altitude changes (BTW best climb speed in the X-Cub is 55-60 knots).

1) Mont-Blanc (LFHZ) to Verbier (LSVE) over the Argentiere Glacier
2) Verbier (LSVE) to Raron (LSTA) an easy leg up the Rhone Valley
3) VFR Raron (LSTA) to Domodossola (LICH) via Zermatt and the Gornerglacier
4) Domodossola (LICH) to Ambri (LSPM) over the Passo San Giacomo
5) Ambri (LSPM) to Locarno (LSZL)
6) Locarno (LSZL) to Samedan (LSZS) over the San Bernardino and Julier Passes
7) Samedan (LSZS) to Bad Ragaz (LSZE) via Davos
8) Bad Ragaz (LSZE) to Mollis (LSMF) a short lakeside jaunt
9) VFR Mollis (LSMF) to Bouchs (LSZC) over the Pragel Pass and a close flyby of the Rutli
... and more to come as some mountain airstrips become (hopefully) available.


All of these are optional, strictly speaking, but do enhance the experience.

1) Mythen (WIP)
Current Version 0.2 by ChruutvoLuzi    
Adds the distinctive Mythen mountain(s) near Brunnen (Leg 9). 

2) Gornergrat
Current Version 1.01 by musician262   
Changes the Gornergrat observatory (Leg 3) to its actual appearance rather than a generic apartment block - albeit one at 10,000 feet.   

3) LICH - Aviosuperficie Chavez/Marini - Masera (ITALY)
Current Version 1.0 by LoscoNosciuto   
Adds details to airport at end of 3rd leg.   

4) Matterhorn
Current Version 2.0 by zkhcohen
Dramatic improvement of the Matterhorn seen on 3rd leg.

5) Swiss Airfields
Current Version 0.12 by mrbump   
Improves Bad Ragaz airfield at the end of Leg 7, and hopefully others eventually. 

6) Saint Moritz - Samedan Airport LSZS (Swiss) v1.3
Current Version 1.3 by Sergio Del Rosso   
Full upgrade of Samedan Airport at the end of Leg 6.   

7) Basilique de Valère et château de Tourbillon Sion
Current Version 1.0 by legofun1974   
Converts the hilltop castle and basillica at Sion (Leg 1).   

8) ItalyDEM
In spite of the name, this mod updates the digital elevation data for all of Switzerland, making the terrain more realistic - not perfect but a definite upgrade over a lot of the lo-res data currently in the sim. 
Current Version 1.0 by sprightlyoldman

9) Churfirsten (Mountain Range) Switzerland
Current Version 1.0 by Bruchpilot80


I grew up in Switzerland and I am quite familiar with all the locations on this Bushtrip (although not by air).  There are several more spectacular places I want to share with everyone, but I want to wait until a couple more mountain airstrips become available.  The current version has 9 legs - I have 6 more planned out and just waiting for those airstrips, going through the Bernese Oberland and ending at Gruyeres.  Right now they just aren't feasible without uncomfortably long legs, so I'll keep them for a future update. 

My grandparents made the trek over La Haute Route in around 1950 during the winter, and I remember as a child my grandmother showing me her pictures from that journey.  These memories inspired me to do this bushtrip, and as the Chamonix-Zermatt route was covered in only two legs, I just kept going :-).  So this one is for you, Mamita.

Pretty empty over here.

Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 1.1 January 04, 2021

    - Changed the starting runway
    - Set the Livery to the REGA addon livery for XCub.

  • Launched December 20, 2020

    Initial release of this file just launched. Welcome aboard!

Pretty empty over here.

  • Krol
    12 day(s) ago
    I downloaded the livery but how to use it in bush ?
    • Dready1906
      12 day(s) ago
      Simply unzip and place the resulting folder into the Community folder, just as with any other skin.

      Hope you enjoy it.
    • Krol
      12 day(s) ago
      Yes i already did it, i can fly with it, but in bush mode i can't change the skin. It's stuck on default skin.
      I tried to delete the bushtrip folder/files, launch/exit the game and install again and it's still the same
  • BreakingWolf696
    1 month(s) ago
    top Bushi trip for switzerland, thank's
    PA from GPVR

    Do you live in French-speaking Switzerland? You want to share your passion for our discord, multi-player flight, get advice on aviation or hardware or get training? Then join the GPVR Group of Virtual Pilots Romands


    Vous habitez en suisse romande ? Vous voulez partager votre passion sur notre discord, de vol multi-joueurs, avoir des conseils sur l’aviation ou le hardware ou obtenir des formations ? Alors rejoignez le GPVR Goupe des Pilotes Virtuels Romands

  • neolec2001
    2 month(s) ago
    Great trip, it was realy enjoyful.
    Thanks for you effort.
  • jacampr
    2 month(s) ago
    A fantastic trip. Thanks.
  • erafnaman
    2 month(s) ago
    I just finished the bush trip (part 1) and enjoyed every moment of it. The impressive views, mixed with small challenges sprinkled along the way, made it very entertaining. The attention to detail, route design and new plane livery were fantastic too. I will surely continue with Part 2, can't get enough of the Alps!
  • Djeez2
    3 month(s) ago
    We used your route for our weekly multiplayer trip and used the bushflight for practice. We are now about halfway and will continue next week. Very nice route indeed!
  • Piper9t3
    3 month(s) ago
    I completed all 9 legs of this bush trip and although I have never been there, I feel like I actually visited the magnificent Swiss Alps! Very well put together and combined with some of the community upgrades really made this trip as true to life as can be! Only question I have - is there any way to change the Cub livery for the bush trip? Many thanks.
    • Dready1906
      3 month(s) ago
      Yes there is, but as this was the first bushtrip I ever created I kept it simple - and stock. The plane and its livery must be defined in the bushtrip file itself - the user can't pick their own, unfortunately.

      Let me see if I can dig up the original files for the trip, If I don't have to recreate everything from scratch, I might just go ahead and include the REGA livery which is really nice and appropriate. REGA is an air rescue/ambulance service in Switzerland, and their scheme is pretty nice.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the trip.
    • Piper9t3
      3 month(s) ago
      That would be perfect for Part 2 of your Swiss Alps adventure! Alternatively, is there any way to create a flight plan (pln) file for each leg? That way I can redo the trip from the World Map and I can select any other plane / livery as desired.
  • Papycastor
    4 month(s) ago
    Very nice idea for this trip. Legs seem to be short enough. However first time I download a 3rd party bush trip and don't know exactly where to put the files in the local cache ? in missions ? can you write a short note on this ? I tried 3 times first legs (succeded in passing Argentiere) but each time I reload I come back to Sallanches.
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      Hi Papycastor,

      I've added a note about installation instructions, I didn't think of that... The Missions directory seems to be used only for scenario saves, so you should not write anything there yourself.

      It sounds like the sim is not recognizing the end of your first leg properly. When you land, the instant you come to a full stop, the sim should freeze, and you should get a screen saying 'Leg Complete' with a time and options to continue. Do you get that screen, or are you manually ending the scenario?

      If you don't get that screen, I'm wondering if you are landing in the right place. I know that the sim recognizes the successful leg termination as a full stop within the airfield perimeter - At Chicago O'Hare that's an area of 10 square miles, but for Croix Du Coeur (the first stop), it's tiny. I've done other bush trips where I have had to taxi around in a grid search pattern - taxi 100 yards, stop, see if the scenario ends, if not, taxi another 100 yards, rinse, repeat, until I finally found the end point. So option 1 is to make sure you are actually on the airstrip - check the briefing picture, that strip can be difficult to spot sometimes.

      Second option, if you are getting the 'Leg Complete' message is to assume that the save file (which is updated every 30 seconds or so) somehow is corrupted. Delete the save file under Missions, and start from scratch. It will look like \MISSIONS\ACTIVITIES\LA-HAUTE-ROUTE_SAVE. Delete that directory.

      I'll ask BuffyGC to have a look at this thread in case he has other ideas. He built the BushTripInjector tool and knows how the BushTrip system works far better than I.

      I am sure we can get you back on track to enjoy the rest of the trip!
    • Papycastor
      4 month(s) ago
      Thanks for the tips. I am sure I stopped at the right spot for Verbier, very near the small pool. But this time I flew too far beyond the altiport before landing, and was directed to the next waypoint 13 or 14 before landing. So the checked leg did not appear. Never mind, I will continue without the challenge rewards. Thanks.
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      It pointed you to the next airport? That's interesting. So it's allowing you to advance to the next legs, so something is being triggered....

      Would you mind logging an attempt at Leg 1 onto https://simair.io/. BuffyGC is interested in your exact flight path. PM me if you have any questions.
  • horstunger
    4 month(s) ago
    Very looking forward to trying this. For those having difficulty with mixture controls: it’s possible to key map ‘best mixture’ to set the optimal mixture (and getting full engine power) with one key press.
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      Excellent suggestion, thanks. I was not aware that they included that function in the sim. Helpful when you are struggling to circle in a narrow valley trying to gain altitude - it's hard to concentrate on small changes in power/EGT while not running into a mountain. I've mapped 'Best Fuel Mixture' to the 'm' key.
  • Shteed
    4 month(s) ago
    Ha haaaa! First leg is very challenging. Landscapes are beautiful.
    I think i will have very good time in next legs.
    Thank you for sharing!
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      I'm glad you liked it. The first and Third legs are the toughest in terms of climbs, and the Sixth is the longest - simply because there are no airfields modeled in FS2020 yet that I could use to break it up.
    • Shteed
      4 month(s) ago
      I am in the middle of the trip. It is amazing, with the pics in the nav section and the points of history.
      I hope you will share an other bush trip in the Alps later.
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      I have mapped out a recreation of the transalpine trade routes from around 1500 to 1800 or so, starting from Stuttgart and ending in Milan, via the St Gotthard Pass. Unfortunately almost all the castles in Baden-Wurttenburg look like apartment blocks - nobody has done add-ons for them. But it should be an interesting trip.
  • f99mlu
    4 month(s) ago
    Holy crap! The first leg was breathtaking and incredibly difficult! But so rewarding after a successful landing!
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes the end of the first leg is a challenge - the short runway, the slope, and having to spot it again after a quick turnaround... But it makes it fun.
    • f99mlu
      4 month(s) ago
      Finished some more legs.. only two more two go. It is a very nice bush trip!
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      What did you think of the drop-off from the glaciers on Leg 3? If I could include barfbags I would, LOL.
    • f99mlu
      4 month(s) ago
      The feeling is just GREAT!! I love this change in altitudes, diving down from high above into the valleys... you did a great job!
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      I'm glad you enjoyed it. This is the first time I have ever done something like this and was worried I might have gone too far for some people.
  • f99mlu
    4 month(s) ago
    Going to fly this now!! Excited!!!

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