Category Trip planning

Mountain flanks covered by patches of snow

10 treks in the Alps to inspire your summer holiday planning

If you are toying with the idea of giving long distance hiking in the Alps a go it will ultimately be difficult to decide where exactly to go and what trek to do. To help you ease into this I have collated 10 treks of different difficulty in this post. I hope it will be […]

Glacier de Moming

Hiking in the Valais

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 […]

A basic via ferrata kit including a lanyard, helmet and harness

Via ferrata gear: what is it?

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 […]

The Pico del Teide towring over the Parador Nacional

Tenerife, day 2: We will come up with a way of climbing the Teide

When we woke up at the Parador hotel, we were still feeling really knackered after our hike from Vilaflor the day before. There were still no cancellations for permits or the Altavista hut, but a look at yesterday’s photos boosted our determination and so we started planning an unorthodox approach to climbing the Teide: a night hike.

Tegernseer Hütte at the foot of the Buchstein

7 hiking trips from Munich

Munich is a great gateway for hiking in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. Within just over an hour’s drive from the city, you can get to numerous trail heads. Even better, often you don’t even need a car. Most trails are accessible via an excellent network of public transport. Here are four day trips and […]

Hiking maps and guides

Four routes for a hiking trip to the Kleinwalsertal in Allgäu

So much is happening this summer! I have only just come back from a cycling trip on Thursday and I’m already getting ready for the next adventure. We’re going hiking in the Kleinwalsertal in Allgäu next weekend.

What is a via ferrata aka Klettersteig?

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.