After six days living in Munich, I needed a hike. I met up with Jerome from Munich Hiking Buddies and we took the train south to Scharnitz (900 m), just inside Austria. We set off along the road, before taking an icy track up towards the Plesinhutte. Almost immediately we needed snowshoes, as the snow was soft, and we wound our way up through the forest, dodging sledgers along the way. Soon we were at the Pleisenhütte at the treeline, and we popped in to ask for advice. No problem, declared the owner, and we saw others also heading up and felt more confident.
A return to Ticino, the Italian-speaking southern part of Switzerland and a self-proclaimed ‘Eldorado’ of canyoning! Four years ago a novice team of inexperienced canyoners first got their feet (and the rest of their bodies) wet in these gorgeous gorges, and this year we returned: battle hardened, grizzled and with much, much thicker wetsuits.
A trip to a rather drier canyoning area: Death Valley! Followed by some wetter trips in the San Gabriels north of LA
A canyoning trip to north west Italy, featuring lots of fondue, a minor flash flood and some rather excellent canyons.
My first canyoning trip in the Alps. We didn’t really know what we were doing, but somehow we survived.