The Valais is a canton of Switzerland right in the heart of the Alps. With 27 peaks over 4,000 m including the Matterhorn (4,478 m), Jungfrau (4,158 m) and Switzerland’s highest mountain the Monte Rosa (4,634 m) and another 150 summits over 3,000 m it is a mountaineering and hiking paradise. Constantin likes to say that […]
It’s been a very long time since I posted on this blog; to be precise 7 months and 9 days. Contrary to what it might look like, I have not forgotten this blog and I have certainly not decided to stop writing it. 2016 has been such an eventful year there just simply was no […]
Hiking has been set on the back burner lately and so the marmot post has suffered too. To redeem myself at least partially, I have finally put down some notes on a couple of easy hikes I did in the Kitzbüheler Alps at the beginning of May.
Planning my first self-guided snowshoeing trip took quite some time. There were at least a dozen trips in the running. Juggling route planning, avalanche risk assessment and snow conditions wasn’t straight forward. At the last minute we decided to go to Kleinwalsertal. Although the weather was grim to start with, going to Kleinwalsertal paid off […]
The new year is in full swing and so it seems nearly like an eternity since I came back from a four day snowshoeing course on the Dachstein at the beginning of January. I spent four days with a group of DAV hiking enthusiast on the Gjaid Alm where we learnt about avalanches, hiking in […]
In October I went on a flurry of hikes in an attempt to compensate for the hiking I missed in the summer. The one hike a week rhythm made it difficult to keep up with on the blog though. I’ve only now managed to write-up the first hike in Garmisch. We walked up through a […]
Although the point of a via ferrata is to make hiking trails with climbing sections accessible without full climbing gear, you still need specialist via ferrata equipment to be able to safely scale these trails. The minimum gear you need for a via ferrata consists of a via ferrata lanyard, a harness and a helmet. Here’s […]