Meraner Höhenweg, Day 3,4

We left Gasthof Talbauer around 9 am and started our hike along the steep slope of the mountain. Soon the path became a narrow walk cut out of pure rock of the Mutspitze. On this lookout point, we are about 1000 meter above Meran.





Thick layers of moss blanketed rocks and ground, where rests of ice and snow were still visible in the crevices.



We walked from one alpine meadow (Alm) to the next. Gentian were blooming at the side.




At 1839 meter at the Hochgang, we stopped for a picnic. The horses on the Alm  also walked around the tables in the guest garden.


Sometimes past avalanches blocked the way. We balanced on rocks and fields of melting snow.






On the Giggleberg, a strong thunderstorm was surprising us. For two hours we walked in the rain. The path was leading again over gullies, up and down the slope. One gully is called the 1000 stairs gully – not so easy to walk in at the end of the day.




However, we were rewarded by staying overnight in the 700 year old Pirchhof. Medieval wooden buildings surrounded the now modern, but traditionally built restaurant. Our room was in the “Stube” of the old farmhouse, a wooden panelled living room with a “Kachelofen” (traditional stove) and painted ceilings. The home made food was delicious.






The next day we hiked down into the Schnalstal, where the over 5000 year old mummy Ötzi was found. From the village of Katharinenberg, we took a public bus and later train to Meran and from there we went by bus and by taxi back to our car.




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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    • Your Swiss ancestry comes through…great that you could walk with me. I am so much looking forward to following your Botswana expedition!!! Love, Traude


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