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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/04/2011 14:21:17 MST Print View

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Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods

Randy Brissey
(rbrissey) - M

Locale: Redondo Beach, CA
Something Else to Add to My "To Do Before I Die" List on 01/04/2011 18:44:56 MST Print View

There is nothing like a great article to get one dreaming!

Moments after I finished the article I found the Via Alpina website and started to imagine a trip there (or more than likely 3-4 summers doing parts [colors] of these trail).

I have spent summers riding across some of these areas covered and, on many days, I would look out when approaching a pass to imagine what it would be like to be out there on the trails.

Now I have another reason to go back to the Alps and the Dolomites.

Thanks so much for the article!

Randy

Nicholas Truax
(nicktruax) - F

Locale: Montanada
Epic! on 01/04/2011 19:01:07 MST Print View

Thanks for the great write-up, very inspiring to say the least. It is great to see beyond the usual (big 3 of the U.S.) suspects. The elevation gain/loss is equally impressive. Keep up the good work you two!

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/04/2011 21:10:05 MST Print View

Ausgezeichnet! Beautifully done, inspiring read.

Cheers,

Rick

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: Swiss Alps / Southern Appalachians
Re: Re: Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/05/2011 02:47:29 MST Print View

Great trip report. Thank you very much for sharing. It sounds like it was a great adventure. I just looked your books up on Amazon and they all have great reviews. As someone who recently moved to the land of the Alps, I will certainly be adding this book and your others to my list! Any chance your books may be made available via Kindle soon? Thanks again.

David Wood
(RedYeti) - MLife

Locale: South Eastern UK
Inspiring on 01/05/2011 06:33:31 MST Print View

A great "taster" trip report. It caught my eye especially since I walked the GR5 with my wife last summer for our honeymoon and it partly shares some of the Via Alpina routing.

In fact I instantly recognised that first picture of the Refuge de Moëde-Anterne as somewhere we stopped for a coffee!

We hiked for a few days with a Belgian guy who was completing the whole trail (the longest, red?) in four months (he'd practised on the AT and PCT first) and he also said that Slovenia was a "challenging" place to hike. He was there in very heavy snow and ended up walking with some Slovenian military guys who were out training. Without them he reckoned he may have been in trouble.

I published a few articles on the GR5 (some more to come are half written but I've been buried in other things) on my blog which may help anyone planning the Via Alpina also:

http://drw.me.uk/RedYeti/category/big-walk/gr5/?order=asc

As well as an ebook that apparently is more fun to read than I expected since it was only a blow-by-blow diary!

http://drw.me.uk/RedYeti/2010/06/29/gr5-the-book-a-gr5-honeymoon/

Reading this trip report certainly makes me hanker to get back out there. Might have to buy the book!

Edited by RedYeti on 01/05/2011 08:21:04 MST.

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/05/2011 10:12:01 MST Print View

If this inspires you, I can highly recommend the book "Clear Waters Rising" by Nicholas Crane, which chronicles his continuous solo walk from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul over 17 months. It is extremely well written, full of stories about local ledgends and the people he meets. His exploits are typically understated, not surprising given that he is an eccentric Englishman, but I think his is an outstanding achievement, which so far as I know, has never been repeated.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/05/2011 11:09:09 MST Print View

For the record, from June to mid-September we ascended and descended almost 700,000 feet total...

Wow, that's over 5,500 vertical per day!

Samuel David Sinclair
(samsamsam) - F
360° Panoramas from Austria, east Tyrol, from the foot of the großglockner, Dorfertal on 01/05/2011 15:38:42 MST Print View

If you like, you can virtually stay, at the foot of the Grossglockner (3.798 m). That is next to the "Via Alpina" Trail, in Austria (east tyrol). I was there 4 weeks, last year.

My backpack had 30 kg. 10 kg for the backpack with equipment, 10 kg of food and 10 kg of photography equipment. So I could stay 10 days in the beautiful mountains.

The panorama consists of 700-900 individual photos. Which are composed to have a 360° view and a resolution who approximately corresponds with my perception. Because the human eye has a very high resolution. The panoramas have a resolution of 3000-5000 megapixels.

Visit the mountains in east Tyrol virtual at,
http://www.suuperguut.com/www/Osttirol.html

Edited by samsamsam on 01/06/2011 00:54:36 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/06/2011 14:55:48 MST Print View

Excellent stuff. Thank you.
Interesting comments about the Slovenian section...
Yeah, dreaming ... :-)

Cheers

David Wood
(RedYeti) - MLife

Locale: South Eastern UK
Re: Re: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/08/2011 10:18:03 MST Print View

Thanks for reminding me about "Clear Waters Rising" Stuart - a friend mentioned it some weeks back and I realised I'd not added it to my Amazon Wish List.

David Wood
(RedYeti) - MLife

Locale: South Eastern UK
Re: 360° Panoramas from Austria, east Tyrol, from the foot of the großglockner, Dorfertal on 01/08/2011 10:19:58 MST Print View

They are excellent! I know something of how you feel since I tend to carry around 3.5 to 4 kilos of photographic kit myself.

I didn't know you could view panoramas in Google Earth - that's a great way to do it.

(I was about to Personal Message you but found that I can't since you've not provided a email address. Didn't want to take this thread too far off topic but wondered if the panoramas were done with Autopano?)

Edited by RedYeti on 01/08/2011 10:22:09 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/08/2011 14:57:21 MST Print View

> Wow, that's over 5,500 vertical per day!
Yup, typical of parts of Europe.
A 1,000 m pass a day keeps the doctor at bay...

Cheers

Samuel David Sinclair
(samsamsam) - F
Re: Re: 360° Panoramas from Austria, east Tyrol, from the foot of the großglockner, Dorfertal on 01/09/2011 00:45:18 MST Print View

Autopano, right. Email: http://www.suuperguut.com/www/CONTACT.html

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods on 01/10/2011 10:18:09 MST Print View

Great article. It's always nice to read trip reports from other parts of the world since we in the US aren't always able to explore other regions.

I have not been on that trail, but did get a chance to spend a day (not nearly enough time) in the Dolomites in November a little south of the Via Alpina. It really is spectacluar country, and I have been in the Sierras and Cascades several times.

It was between seasons, so it was nearly empty. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring snowshoes so my hiking was limited to postholing at the Passo Fazarego then a short hike at lower elevations through the pines. Here are a few photos from that day.

Tom

Dolomites

Dolomites 1

Passo

Passo Falzarego

Dolomites from air

Dolomites

Italian town

Edited by TomClark on 01/10/2011 10:20:45 MST.

Esmeralda Acosta
(TrailHwk) - F
Awesome Trip on 01/13/2011 23:53:50 MST Print View

What a grand trip and inspiring. Beautiful report of your adventure.

Brandon Wilson
(yakbutterblues) - F - M

Locale: Dolomites
Thanks for Your Comments, Everyone on 01/16/2011 06:42:33 MST Print View

Hey, thanks for everyone's comments. Hiking the Via Alpina is one heckuva challenge to be sure. But there's something for everyone and you will NEVER be bored. Hope this article whetted your appetites. See you on the trail.

Brandon
http://www.pilgrimstales.com/overthetopandbackagain.html

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Swiss Alpine Pass Route doable in early June? on 02/18/2011 01:41:57 MST Print View

A question for the vet Alp backpackers here.

We have a group of 3 UL backpackers equipped with ice-axes and crampons who are looking for a mountain route in Europe for the first 3 weeks of June. Is the Swiss part of the Via Alpina doable at this time of year?

Aaron Bridgers
(apbridg) - F
Re: Thanks for Your Comments, Everyone on 02/28/2011 21:41:29 MST Print View

Are there any resources available for cost estimates on the trip, per diem? I'm headed out to Italy and Switzerland this summer with a Study Abroad program with the University of New Mexico, and I thought it'd be a great opportunity for me to spend some time backpacking through the Alps. I'm planning on a 30-day trip (after the study abroad), and I was curious if there were any estimates on how much it would cost per day. I'm a student, and I'm definitely willing to travel cheap!! Thanks!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Red Route on 09/19/2011 04:46:41 MDT Print View

Hi all

Just back from the Red Route from Trieste to Oberstdorf, seven weeks. Slovenia was OK. There's a lot of limestone country, lots of scree, not a lot of water in some places, and a lot of cows ... We had a heat wave, several snow storms, a lot of fog, and some sunny weather. We took a couple of 1-day lay-overs for general restocking and cleanup, and had to retreat once when the snow on the pass was a shade too much - OK, it was storming as we attempted. Otherwise we just kept going.
We went Refugee rather than tenting for most of the trip - after being hit by 150+ kph winds one slightly extreme night at the start.
Food pretty good, but we never want to see another knodel.

Cheers