Category Trip reports

Wilder Kaiser as seen from Aschau in Kitzbüheler Alpen

Two easy hikes in the Kitzbüheler Alps

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.

Snowshoe hikers in the Wildental

Good things come to those who wait: snowshoeing in Kleinwalsertal

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 […]

Fresh snow in the Dachstein range

A snowshoeing course on the Dachstein

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 […]

A lively stream in autumn

Through Hobbit land and the Misty Mountains to the Höllentalangerhütte.

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 […]

The Orotava valley and Puerto de la Cruz just before dawn

Tenerife, day 3: Hiking Pico del Teide at night

The alarm clock had gone off, it was 1am and our Teide adventure had just started. For those who missed my previous posts about my trip to Tenerife, the Pico del Teide is at 3,718 m Spain’s highest mountain. It caps off a huge volcanic crater in the Parque National del Teide on the island. […]

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.

Montana Guajara at sunset

Tenerife, day 1: From Vilaflor to Parador Nacional via Montana Guajara

Aside from being a haven of perpetual spring for British and German retirees, Tenerife also offers some great hiking, including Spain’s highest mountain – the Pico del Teide (3, 718 m). Constantin and I decided to make use of the perpetual spring to extend our hiking season well into November and do a bit of […]