A few folks might have noticed that it has been quiet on my blog during the last 4-5 weeks or that I have been away from work for a long time now.
I have been on another long vacation trip again and this time around I have had some aggressive plans for my vacation: to hike from Munich to Venice and conquering the Alps within 26 days.
On Sunday, September 10th, 09:00 am, a group of 14 people met on the Marien Square in Munich to start this hike. 7 of them planed to do the entire 4-week-hike, among them; my wife and I. The first hike out of Munich, following the river Isar was right away the longest one: 36 kilometer. At the end of day 1 and on day 2 I already felt quiet exhausted with burning feet and legs and could not really imagine to continue hiking for the next 25 days to reach Venice. I never have done a 4-week-hike before and 4 weeks seem to be a real long time when doing something really unusual. Thus I continued my hikes from day to day, just focusing on small achievements ( reaching the destination of that particular day ) instead of the big goal to make it over the Alps. What I was hoping for finally became reality: to get used to hiking every day, sleeping in a different cottage each night, living out of my backpack. No computer, no mobile, no TV, just sometimes being happy to have some dry socks and a shirt in the evening and to get a good warm meal and a place to sleep.
It has been a little adventure for my wife and me, full of great experiences and breathtaking views, but also sometimes coming with these moments of worry and suffer more or less in one or the other form. I actually was lucky that my feet collaborated quiet well being in hiking boots for up to 9 hours a day. Others had much more trouble, and one man from the group trying to do the 4-week-hike had to give up after one week because of his bloody feet.
26 days later, after hiking 405 kilometers and climbing a total altitude difference of 20.900 meters (2.36 times Mount Everest ), walking 162 hours in total and 6.2 hours in average each day without a single rest day, hiking in rain for 2 full and around three half days ( that means overall we have been very lucky regarding weather conditions ), climbing on a 3.152 meter summit ( the Piz Boe ) and hiking through snow, we reached Tarzo in the Italian lowlands. The Alps were lying behind us. This was the end of the hike and a train took us the remaining 70 kilometers to Venice.
From the 1024 photos I have taken during the tour I have uploaded a few already into this flickr set and plan to add more later on. I plan to blog in much more detail on a day-by-day base about the tour in my German blog “Axel unterwegs…” – thus if you understand German and are interested in more details watch out for updates on this blog.