Hiking in the Hohe Tauern and Reaching my Limit

” Mutti, do you want to hike with me in the Hohen Tauern? It is absolutely beautiful here in the northern part of Carinthia”. For nearly a week, Anna-Sophie was already in this area and invited me to come and hike with her from cabin to cabin for four days.



We started our hike up the Dösner valley in the early afternoon. The weather was a bit overcast, but nice. On the way up to higher mountain valleys, we past a sawmill and other wooden cabins.



Old sawmill



Inside the sawmill







After walking for a while in silence and just looking, listening, and feeling, my haiku mind started to form words in order to capture the experience.




The sound of the rock

played by the falling water –

or is it my mind





Melted ice and snow

are flowing down the mountain –

music in the ear



We passed the last tall larch tree with an inscription and a crucifix. The timberline in this area is in about 6000 feet.









I loved how grass and moss seem to flow down the rocky slope like water




The path up to the Arthur von Schmid Haus, where we stayed overnight





The brightness and brilliance of flowers blooming in high altitude is always magical




When we reached the Arthur von Schmid Haus (an alpine cabin owned the the Austrian Alpenverein at an altitude of about 7000 feet), dark clouds already covered the sky. Everything in this cabin has to be transported by helicopter. We were astonished how much luxury we found. Our room was fantastic!







In the background of the Dösner Lake, you see a Block glacier consisting of ice and rocks, held together by Permafrost. The water of the lake is about 3 degree Celsius.






During the last couple of weeks, I did Wim Hof training, consisting of breathing, cold showers and an ice bath on the 10th day. Since I do not have an ice bath in Vienna, I was curious how I would feel in glacier water. It surprised me that I did not feel the cold and loved to swim in it.

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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