Summer hiking in the Alps

 

„Willst du immer weiter schweifen? Sieh, das Gute liegt so nah. Lerne nur das Glück ergreifen, Denn das Glück ist immer da.“ Erinnerung von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You want to roam forever?  See, the good lies so near.  Learn to embrace happiness,  because happiness is always there.” Memento by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Wikisource

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During the past years, I have been hiking in Madeira, Jordan, Peru, Tansania, Kirgistan, Nepal… I have also done short hiking trips in Germany but I didn’t hike much in the European mountains. So before again heading to the other side of the world, I wanted to explore the Alps and get in shape before starting my Te Araroa trip. I am not saying that the Alps will not be challenging itself, but as I will be sleeping in huts I don’t need to carry as much gear nor food and have a much lighter backpack.

These are my summer plans, starting mid-June this year:

Glacier mountaineering course: To start with, I will spend a week at a mountain hut in Tirol, learning about crampon techniques, roped glacier travel, crevasse rescue techniques and navigation skills. I look forward to starting my time-off with some basics and with a group of people. The hut also has an indoor climbing area so that I can further train my (still very limited) Toprope climbing skills.

Crossing the Alps, part 1, Southbound: I will follow a rather new trail from Salzburg (Austria) to Triest (Italy). The trail will take about 30 days to complete 500km, 25,000m altitude ascent and 25,000 descent through Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Italy. It has been set up by Christof Herrmann who is maintaining a website with great information (in German) while his book will be published in May. After a start in Salzburg, I will head through the Berchtesgaden Alps to Maria Alm where I will meet some friends.  Passing by the Salzburger Schieferalpen (Salzburg Slate Alps), the Hohe Tauern , Gailtal Alps, Carnic Alps, through to the Julian Alps and finally finishing in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. I will then visit beautiful Triest and relax at the beach before continuing to Venice.

Crossing the Alps, part 2, Northbound: My way back will be on the “Traumpfad” from Venice to Munich in another 30 days. This time I will not hike on my own, but with my sister will join me in Venice and hike all the way to Munich with me. The Dream Trail (Traumpfad) has been described by Ludwig Graßler for the first time in his book “Crossing the Alps by Foot” (Zu Fuß über die Alpen).

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Via Ferrata, Brenta (Dolomites): Since my first Via Ferrata course last year, I am a big fan of this great combination between hiking and climbing. The Brenta Dolomites have a few of the most beautiful ferrate, such as the Via delle Bocchette Alte, the Via delle Bocchette Centrali , crossing wild and ledges. I will be meeting my friend Peggy beginning of September in Trento, head to Madonna di Campiglio and off to a week of via ferrate!

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