Fresh snow in the Dachstein range

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

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 […]

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

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 Orotava valley and Puerto de la Cruz just before dawn

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

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

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 […]

At a mountain pass in the Wilder Kaiser

The Wilder Kaiser is a relatively small, but fairly spectacular mountain range between Kufstein and Kitzbühel in Austria. It is an isolated, steep, ragged mass of limestone rock that spikes up just south of the river Inn. I decided to make the most of the amazing weather in the Northern Limestone Alps last Sunday and to […]