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pictures say more than a thousand words

Inn Valley (Tyrol, near Schwaz) to Terlan (South Tyrol, near Bolzano) – 2-weeks trek [in 2012]:

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all photos:
day 01 [#9] (Innerst-Weidener)
day 02 [#10] (Weidener-Lizumer)
day 03 [#11] (Lizumer-Tuxer Jochhaus)
day 04 [#12] (Tuxer JH-Geraer)
day 05 [#13] (Geraer-Europahütte)
day 06 [#14] (Europahütte-Enzian)
day 07 [#15] (Enzian-Sterzing)
day 08 [#16] (rest day in Sterzing)
day 09 [#17] (Sterzing-Penser Joch)
day 10 [#18] (Penser Joch-Flagger)
day 11 [#19] (Flagger-Latzfonser Kreuz)
day 12 [#20] (Latzfonser-Skihütte)
day 13 [#21] (Skihütte-Langfenn)
day 14 [#22] (Langfenn-Terlan)

 

from Munich to Fall (Sylvensteinstausee) – days 1 to 3 in one go (by bike) [in 2013]:

Transalp 2013 (1) Transalp 2013 (2) Transalp 2013 (3) Transalp 2013 (4) Transalp 2013 (5) Transalp 2013 (6) Transalp 2013 (7) Transalp 2013 (8) Transalp 2013 (9) Transalp 2013 (10)

all photos:
130804 ‘day 1-3’ [#1-3] – Munich-Sylvensteinstausee/Fall (by bike)

 

from Fall (Sylvensteinstausee) to Eng – ‘days 4 to 6’ reverse [in 2014]:

Transalp 2014 (1) Transalp 2014 (2) Transalp 2014 (3) Transalp 2014 (4) Transalp 2014 (5) Transalp 2014 (6) Transalp 2014 (7) Transalp 2014 (8) Transalp 2014 (9) Transalp 2014 (10) Transalp 2014 (11) Transalp 2014 (12) Transalp 2014 (13) Transalp 2014 (14)

all photos:
140607 ‘day 6’ [#6]: Eng-Plumsjochhütte
140608 ‘day 5’ [#5]: Plumsjochhütte-Tölzer Hütte
140609 ‘day 4’ [#4]: Tölzer Hütte-Fall

days 7-8 (main part) and days 23-31 still to be hiked…

GPS tracks of the tour

Inn Valley (Tyrol, near Schwaz) to Terlan (South Tyrol, near Bolzano) – 2-weeks trek [in F0572012]:

day 8 (last bit): Innerst (Weerberg), Austria (1.283 m) – Weidener Hütte, Austria (1.799 m)

day 9: Weidener Hütte, Austria (1.799 m) – Lizumer Hütte, Austria (2.019 m)

day 10: Lizumer Hütte, Austria (2.019 m) – Tuxer Jochhaus, Austria (2.313 m)

day 13: Tuxer Jochhaus, Austria (2.313 m) – Geraer Hütte, Austria (2.324 m)

day 14: Geraer Hütte, Austria (2.324 m) – Landshuter Europahütte, Austria/Italy (2.693 m)

day 15: Landshuter Europahütte, Austria/Italy (2.693 m) – Enzianhütte, Italy (1.894 m)

day 16: Enzianhütte, Italy (1.894 m) – Sterzing, Italy (950 m)

day 17: Sterzing, Italy (950 m) – Alpenrosenhof (Penser Joch), Italy (2.211 m)

day 18: Alpenrosenhof (Penser Joch), Italy (2.211 m) – Flaggerschartenhütte, Italy (2.480 m)

day 19: Flaggerschartenhütte, Italy (2.480 m) – Latzfonser Kreuz, Italy (2.305 m)

day 20: Latzfonser Kreuz, Italy (2.305 m) – Sarner Skihütte, Italy (1.614 m)

day 21: Sarner Skihütte, Italy (1.614 m) – Langfenn, Italy (1.500 m)

day 22: Langfenn, Italy (1.500 m) – Terlan, Italy (250 m)

 

from Munich to Fall (Sylvensteinstausee) – days 1 to 3 in one go (by bike) [in 2013]:

day 1-3: Munich to Fall (Sylvensteinstausee)

 

from Fall (Sylvensteinstausee) to Eng – ‘days 4 to 6’ reverse [in 2014]:

day 6: Eng, Austria (1.208 m) – Plumsjochhütte, Austria (1.630 m)

day 5: Plumsjochhütte, Austria (1.630 m) – Tölzer Hütte, Austria (1.835 m)

day 4: Tölzer Hütte, Austria (1.835 m) – Fall (Sylvensteinstausee – Hotel ‘Jäger von Fall’), Germany (774 m)

 

days 7-8 (main part) and days 23-31 still to be hiked

equipment list

trip with overnight stays at mountain huts, temperatures were medium (no special necessities because of coldness or heat)
13-13.5KG of luggage incl. approx.  2L of water (measured right at the start point); sometimes carried up to 4L of water (–> approx. 15kg)
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Luggage:
trekking backpack  (Deuter ACT lite 50+10)
3 waterproof dry bags (different sizes [S, M, L])
ziplock bags and plastic bags (approx. 4 plastic bags + 4 ziplock bags)
rain cover for backpack (50-60l)
1x dirt/rubbish bag (“Deuter Drecksack”)

Clothing:
1x pair of hiking boots (Scarpa SL)
1x pair Vibram Five Finger shoes
2 replacement shoelaces = rope/cord useable for different purposes
2x hiking socks
3x thermo t-shirts [hiking&sleeping]
1x long sleeved thermo shirt [hiking&sleeping]
1x thin layered Fleece
1x Bergans Anatomic LV 3-layer outdoor jacket
1x thermal underwear (longs) [sleeping & hiking (if necessary)]
1x thermal undershirt [sleeping & hiking (if necessary)]
3x underwear
1x Fjäll Räven G-1000 hiking trousers brown (zip-off) incl. belt
1x light hiking troursers (zip-off)
1x pair of water-/windproof overtrousers
1x short sports trousers (for sleeping) [+ replacement for walking]
gloves
1x microfiber towel
1x handkerchief (Bavarian rhombs – white & blue)
1x fleece hat
1x cap
1x head & neck bandana
1x pair of sunglasses (= replacement glasses)
2x knee bandages
1x ankle support bandages

Sleeping Gear:
1x sleeping bag liner

Cooking Gear & provisions:
1x lighter
food (e.g. power bars, dried fruit, chocolate/bisquits [Pick-up], expedition food [oatmeal porridge], bread, Dextroenergy, Bifi/Landjäger sausages, effervescent tablets, etc.)
1x 3l Camelback
1x foldable drinking bottle (1 litre)

First aid, toiletries, other general items
First aid:
1x Adventure Medical First Aid Kit (incl. bandages, plasters, after-bite, emergency blanket, safety-pins etc)
2 boxes of Compeed
1-person bivy bag
25 water purification tablets
35x Imodium
After Bite Xtra gel
Bepanten antiseptic cream
30x Ibuprofen pain relief
20x Paracetamol
10x Grippostad flu relief
10x Strepsils
15 hay fever pills
sewing kit
safety Pins
needles (blisters!)
sun lotion 50
lip balm

Toiletries:
tooth brush
tooth paste natural (2 small packages)
1x small body wash/shampoo
1x small tube soap natural (for hand-washing clothes)
wet wipes + tissues (instead of toilet paper)

Documents & money:
ID
driving licence
DAV membership card (for reduced prices at huts + insurance)
travel documents (insurance papers) + emergency contacts list
cash & credit card, etc.

Other items:
1 pair of hiking poles incl. rubber stopper
pen for notes + small Notebook
8x rechargeable batteries (pairs of two each for Garmin)
8x single-use Alkaline batteries (pairs of two each for Garmin)
2 mobile phones (private, work) incl. cover & charger [incl. complete address book]
1x digicam incl. 2x 8GB SD cards, spare battery, incl. charger
spare whistle (not included in Deuter backpack)
Petzl head torch (without spare batteries)
maps: Alpenvereinskarte 33 (Tuxer Alpen); Alpenvereinskarte 31/3 (Brennerberge); Tabacco 040 (Sarntaler Alpen)
hiking guide: “Die schönsten Wanderungen – Alpenüberquerung: Zu Fuß von München zum Gardasee” von Maria Rosenwirth und Wolfgang Rosenwirth von Athesia
Garmin Oregon 400t incl. map Topo Trans Alpin
Polar watch
2x carabiner
Duct tape
book: Henning Mankell: Mittsommermord
1x Swiss Army knife (inc. scissors, tweezers, compass)
compass
car & house key

traversing the Alps on foot

Probably everyone knows the book „1,000 places to see before you die“. Not sure if crossing 120803-16 elevation overview Transalpthe Alps on foot is part of these 1,000 things you have to do or see, however, many “outdoor-people” would definitely put it on the list of not just the “top 1,000 things” to do, but probably within the “top 3”.

In 2012 the time has come: for two weeks it was all down to walking, walking, and a lot more walking. A lot of uphill, a lot of downhill. And not a single day with boring scenery. Having had this in mind for a few years already and having spoken to friends a year before, it soon became clear that there’s not a lot of possible better holidays that could beat hiking across the Alps on foot. And thanks to the book “The nicest hikes: Transalp on foot from Munich to Lago di Garda” from Rosenwirth we “found” a perfect route for this adventure: amazingly this route runs along paths that are very much off the beaten track. There were days when we saw 2 people all day long only – in the middle of August!

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But let me explain the route a bit more in detail: the complete hike starts in the Bavarian capital Munich and finishes at the southern tip of Lake Garda. It’s split into 31 day legs. In 2012 we decided to walk “the middle section”, i.e. from Inn Valley (near Schwaz in the Austrian Tyrol) to Terlan near Bolzano in the Adige Valley. Two weeks from hut to hut, with one day of rest in Sterzing/Vipiteno. It has been the first time on such a long hike, however, I think it only took a day or two until one got used to being in the daily routine of having a proper breakfast, packing your backpack, hiking all day long (in a very sensible manner, i.e. the sections where very wisely chosen – not too long and not too short), having a good dinner in mostly great huts, and getting enough rest so that legs and other parts of the body didn’t feel tired the day after… when it all started over again. If you’ve got any doubts whether this is nice or not: it’s wonderful!

Well, and not that out of 31 day legs “only” 13 have been completed, the remaining sections J27still needed to be tackled. By the time that these lines were written (in summer 2014) two more treks followed – whereat I have to admit that we were cheating a bit on the first three day legs: we didn’t actually walk the section between Munich and Sylvenstein reservoir which is basically flat along Isar river; we cycled it instead, in 2013. But despite it not being mountainous it was a very scenic route along the Isar cycle path. Certainly recommendable.
And only where the proper mountains began, we changed back into our hiking boots another year after that, i.e. in June 2014: 2.5 days in the Karwendel mountains. And again, despite the Karwendel being a very busy part of the Alps, the route was anything but busy – on one of the sunniest weekends of the year.

So, just two days left in the Karwendel – and then the part between Bolzano and Lake Garda through the Brenta Group.

Anyone with questions about this tour, get in touch with me, I’m happy to enthuse about it any time J And simply have a look at the pictures and GPS tracks, they’ll explain a lot more.

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120803-16 map overview TransalpOne last thing: The best thing about this tour: Good weather is guaranteed! Both in 2012 (Inn Valley to Bolzano), and in 2013 (Munich to Sylvenstein reservoir), AND also in 2014 (Karwendel mountains) the weather was just, well, the only word that can be used is ‘perfect’. Sun all day long, not a single drop of rain – with the only very little exception: each and every year we finished the tour in pouring rain due to a heavy thunderstorm (well, in 2014 it was more like a few drops, but well… 😉 ).

Enjoy your way around this blog – and when the remaining sections are hiked, I’ll put this online, of course.

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