Skip to main content
27 votes
Accepted

Summitting Breithorn in the winter?

I do not have much alpine experience Climbing the Breithorn in the winter is a much different matter than in the spring or summer. Any 4,000 meter peak in the alps is subject to arctic weather ...
Charles E. Grant's user avatar
14 votes

Summitting Breithorn in the winter?

As a general rule, I think it unwise to attempt, solo, for the first time, the sort of climb that one has no experience with, especially if it carries the potential for a serious accident. You have ...
ab2's user avatar
  • 24k
10 votes
Accepted

How to get drinking water if I am stuck below Matterhorn summit?

The solvay biwak is solely an emergency shelter. There is an emergency radio available. So if you sleep there without declaring an emergency (even if just to inform the authorities) you have to expect ...
imsodin's user avatar
  • 21.7k
10 votes
Accepted

Is it dangerous to go to Mountains when snow is melting?

There are several things that can be more dangerous in the mountains when the snow is melting, There can be an increased risk of avalanche danger. Snowbridges over crevasses can be melting out. ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
9 votes

Is it dangerous to go to Mountains when snow is melting?

Charlie Brumbaugh's answer is fairly comprehensive about the dangers. I will address some ideas on how to deal with this sort of trip. Avalanche Hazard. A: Take an avalanche safety course. It will ...
Sherwood Botsford's user avatar
7 votes

Are all Alpine winterraums just for emergency?

This might depend on the area. At least in Switzerland the answer is simple: You can use them for planned overnight stays. They are usually just a small part of the entire hut with none to ...
imsodin's user avatar
  • 21.7k
6 votes
Accepted

What's a good time to see autumn colors in the Maritime and Cottian Alps?

I walked through this area on the Grande Traversata delle Alpi a couple of years back and in some valleys the trees were just beginning to turn by the start of October. I would imagine that this would ...
Tullochgorum's user avatar
  • 11.8k
5 votes
Accepted

Overnight hiking in Italian Alps in late autumn?

In the Alps there is a dense network of huts mostly maintained by the local alpine clubs. There are also some private huts mostly owned by mountain guide associations. Most of the huts are closing ...
Manziel's user avatar
  • 7,445
5 votes

Climbing before 1950: photography book/database

I found a site that has a number of old climbing photographs from around that time and I think is your best option (that I could find). Historical Rock Climbing Images 1890s - 1930s There is also ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
4 votes

Do I (single hiker) need to reserve Austrian and Italian mountain huts in advance(more than 3 days)?

It is strongly recommended to make a reservation. On weekends, most huts will be booked full, often including the winter rooms. Near popular places, this can also happen during the week. So it is ...
Manziel's user avatar
  • 7,445
4 votes

Baby-friendly trek near Innsbruck

Why not try the Wilder Kaiser, it's not in Innsbruck, only some 55mins drive, but it's pretty dame awesome and very kid friendly! More than 400km of walking paths make the Wilder Kaiser mountains an ...
Richard Bailey's user avatar
4 votes

How warm should a sleeping bag be to sleep in summer in the Alps comfortably?

1) You can expect the lowest Jun-Sep temperatures will be above 0 °C most of the time. Coldest temperatures on Kredarica (2515 m, in Slovenian Alps) in 2016: Jun: -1 °C July: -2.1 °C August: -3 °C ...
Jan's user avatar
  • 1,329
3 votes
Accepted

How warm should a sleeping bag be to sleep in summer in the Alps comfortably?

Warnings and Caveats Everyone sleeps different. Some people sleep much warmer than others while others sleep incredibly cold. You can try and determine this in your house or better your backyard, but ...
StrongBad's user avatar
  • 10.7k
2 votes

How warm should a sleeping bag be to sleep in summer in the Alps comfortably?

Can I safelly assume, that it will not get much below 0°C in summer in the Alps at around 2000 meters altitude? I would say that very broadly this assumption will hold, but the question is what you ...
fgysin's user avatar
  • 13k
2 votes
Accepted

Highest point of the Planneralm 3D course (Robin Hood land)

I was there a few days ago. The highest point of the 3D course was 1800 m and starts at 1600 m. Most of the hiking trails however go up to nearly 1900 m and one is even close to 2100 m.
OddDeer's user avatar
  • 23.5k
2 votes

Is it dangerous to go to Mountains when snow is melting?

All in Charlie Brumbaugh's answer is true. However, SLOW melting over a long time is often some of the safest conditions you can travel in. It can smooth out weak layers in the snow, that would have ...
Ole Bjørsvik's user avatar
2 votes
Accepted

Hallstatt trek: Obertraun to Lodge am Krippenstein

Your trail appears to follow a ski slope all the way, so you can pretty much rule out ferratas or technical climbing. Still, the snow may cover some rougher terrain in the winter (like streams that ...
helm's user avatar
  • 1,722
1 vote

Where is the true northern/eastern end of the Grande Traversata della Alpi?

According to the Italian language Grande Traversate delle Alpi, Vol. 2, the GTA continues to the Lago Maggiore, which (unlike any other description I've seen) would be consistent with the photo I took ...
gerrit's user avatar
  • 27.3k
1 vote

Summitting Breithorn in the winter?

Don't try it. The (walking) mountaineering season is over, there is now too much snow in the high mountains and it definitely will not get easier till January. You have to wait until the Summer when ...
Manziel's user avatar
  • 7,445
1 vote

Baby-friendly trek near Innsbruck

I forgot to post what we ended up doing here, so I'll do that now (better late than never) Basically, we slept two nights in Hottinger Alm, which is really close to Innsbruck. We took the "Nordkette” ...
Eyal's user avatar
  • 2,844

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible