Old men in short shorts

An old man in short shorts

A rare photograph of an old man in short shorts

Old men in short shorts are an Alpine phenomenon. They are to be admired and treated with suspicion at the same time.

A typical representative of this elusive yet omnipresent cohort of Alpine hikers is over 60. He appears out of nowhere aiming for the nearest summit often practically in a straight line. At considerable speed, he strides towards his goal in solitude and shows great determination and confidence, clad in a pair of little too short shorts.

No men in short shorts in sight. Correct. Said man has just run down on the edge of the snow field.

No men in short shorts in sight. Correct. Said man has just run down on the edge of the snow field.

It is safe to say I have encountered at least one old man in short shorts at practically every hike I have done in the Alps.

My first conscious encounter with this special breed of hikers was particularly memorable and humbling. As I was catching my breath at the top of the Forcella Val d’Arcia, I felt proud of having made it in the first place and even having overtaken a group of lads on the way. And just then an old man in short shorts struck. A seventy-something casually strolled by, nodded, took the view in without even stopping and smoothly carried on down the scree field on the other side of the pass. Since then I have been alert to this Alpine enigma.

Old men in short shorts, you are impressive, but your fashion sense is suspicious.

Memorable sightings of old men in short shorts:

Have you encountered old men in short shorts, or are you one yourself? Tell the world in the comments section!

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