Category: Inspiration

Walking Dolomites Alta Via 2

The Dolomites Alta Via 2 is probably the best trek we have ever done. The Dolomites are a truly unique mountain range and well deserve their UNESCO World Heritage designation. Alta Via 2 cuts right through some of the most beautiful parts. Highly recommended! UPDATE: Due to popularity and demand, I recently wrote up a Planning Guide for the Alta Via 2. It’s very comprehensive and contains all the info you need to plan for this awesome trek. Please take a look here: http://gohikealps.com/2017/01/alta-via-2-planning-guide/ About the Dolomites and Alta Via 2 The Dolomites are a mountain range area in the...

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Zillergrund to Heilig-Geist-Jöchl and Back

We arrived in Mayrhofen late in the evening and planned to eat well, sleep well and go do a nice, long day hike the next morning. It had been a while since our previous hike and we wanted to do a test run before going on the Berliner High Trail, a demanding multiday hike that we were going to begin in Ahorn the day after. Mayrhofen is very familiar to us from before but we had never been to Zillergrund, the easternmost of the valleys around Mayrhofen. We decided to go there and planned to just do a little...

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Hiking in Austria: Mayrhofen to Ahorn and Back

A really great place to start hiking in Austria is Mayrhofen. It’s very easy to get to either by car or train direct from Munich airport or Innsbruck. The town itself is big enough that you will find all the necessities you need and much more. It’s a very popular winter destination and all the infrastructure is built to accommodate the skiing crowds, which means that during the summer with fewer people, you will find very reasonably prices hotels and other accommodation. As for walking, hiking and trekking: there’s a lot. Once in Mayrhofen, a nice “warm up” hike...

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Hiking in Ötztal: Sölden Tiefenbach Glacier to Vent

Sölden is a famous ski resort in the Ötztal Valley, which includes the Tiefenbach Glacier. Because of the glacier, the skiing season opens very early and closes very late. During the summer the town is much quieter and is a good base for all kinds of hiking trips. There were four of us in Sölden a few years back: me, my wife my sister, her husband and their baby. The baby needed to be carried in a hiking carrier (basically a backpack that has a baby seat on top). This meant that our trail choices needed to be baby...

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