We spent nearly every weekend this summer on those trails and really got to explore a few new areas, like Saalbach, which is actually paradise for mountain bikers. We also made two trips to the Dolomites which have the most spectacular scenery (see below for proof). Every trip to this area leaves me with a feeling that I need to go back and see more.
Eric also took up a new sport called “Klettersteig” or via ferrata. It seems to be unique to Europe, and very popular in Austria and Italy. Basically it’s like rock climbing, but “assisted” with permanent cables and ladders in the really tricky parts. You wear a special harness to clip onto these elements and it provides a bit of safety so you won’t end up splattered at the bottom of the valley. Not my thing, but a lot of people here are really into it. There are quite a few trails and passages which were created during WWI, complete with tunnels that are available for Klettersteig and they offer great views if you have the fortitude to climb.
Finally we finished off the summer with this year’s Kirchtag week – always a lot of fun, but by the end of the week we were exhausted and escaped to the mountains for some rest. I’ll wrap up with a few pictures of the Dolomites, but check the next post for some more hiking highlights.