Alpspitze and Zugspitze

Right, I have finally made it on to a proper hike in the Alps! It was at the short and easy end of the hiking scale, but it was a hike. In fact there were two hikes.

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 […]

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's

While I still can’t hit the Alps properly (bar some short strolls), I at least keep going on urban walks. Two weeks ago I was in London where I managed to walk quite a bit.

The Prague Castle

I love Prague. Every time I go back I get excited by all the history that Prague is infused with. Past periods seem to be layered on top of each other in the streets of the Old Town as if in a big puff pastry pie of history.

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.

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.


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