Italian maps mark via ferrata with little plus signs

If like me you are just a “normal” hiker, hearing the words via ferrata or Klettersteig for the first time probably gives you a little tingle of excitement coupled with a big question mark. “What are these things?” you ask yourself.

Enjoying the view in Grabuenden

So you are packing for a trek in the Alps? You have most probably thought of the big things to take with you (if not checkout this list). You’ve got your boots, your backpack and your waterproofs, but what about all the other bits and bobs that could come in handy? Here are the six […]


Hütte, cabane, rifugio, chamanna are all names for mountain huts in the Alps. But what are they about? If you are planning a trek in the Alps, you will most likely be staying in mountain huts and if you’ve never been in one, you might be asking yourself what it involves. Or, you might well think that it’s […]

Backpacks somewhere on the Alta Via 1

Packing for the Alta Via 1 isn’t much different from packing for any other Alpine trek. Here is an equipment list including what I took on a six day trip along the AV1 last August.

Monte Civetta

The planning of this year’s hiking trip to the Alps continues … Having done some research on the Dolomites, the Alta Via 1 sounds like the right option. It is a typical haute route style trek from hut to hut, without exposed via ferrata (those that are part of the trail can be avoided). With […]

On the way back from the Kobingerhütte

We were back in the Alps around Kitzbühel this weekend. Three weeks ago the peaks here were still covered in snow. After a few hot days that snow has now all gone. This time we set off for a short hike in slightly higher altitudes not so much because of the lack of snow, but because […]

The best dressed man in Munich enjoying his beer at the Viktualienmarkt

Two weeks ago our friend Till visited us in Munich – a perfect opportunity for another urban walk. By now we have our classic sightseeing route through town. It covers all the main sights and has so far always been a success.

Early spring I the Alps - Kitzbühler Horn from Kirchberg

After some walking on solid town pavements, I have ventured out on sturdy tarmac and marginally less stable forest roads in the Kitzbühler Alpen. This short and easy walk in the surroundings of Kirchberg was a good test for my recovering right knee.

RV stands for Rovinj

As promised here is my first urban walking post. Calling Rovinj a fishing town is probably not quite right. This small Croatian port town on the Istrian peninsula is foremost a tourist destination. It is undoubtedly picturesque and so most of the summer filled with tourists taking a break from the nearby beaches. If you […]


The headline of the marmot post says this blog is about being out and about in the Alps and anywhere else. Initially that was supposed to mean hiking in the Alps, with an allowance for an occasional hike or a ski ride elsewhere. However, with a post-injury knee, I now feel I should exploit the […]

Lac de Moiry from the Sassenaire ridge

Last year the planning of the by now traditional annual hiking trip ended up being a bit complicated. First, I wanted to tackle the Gran Paradiso, but no one wanted to join me. Then I had to get through three routes for a trek in the Valais, before finally settling on a fourth one. Although […]


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