How to use this site

On this website you’ll find information in travel reports, hiking routes, driving tours etc. We strongly suggest you read this section to become familiar with the way this information is written.

Website content age

Obviously all information will become older after time passes – some of the hiking tours we described have been done in the ’90s :) Where necessary we mention the year in which we have done an activity.

All content has been checked early 2015. Also, for all route descriptions up-to-date GPS tracks are available that make use of the – at that time – most recent Openstreetmap map data (= 02/2015). This will also apply for new route descriptions.

Difficulty rating

At every (mountain-) hiking tour description you’ll find an number rating which gives a global idea of the difficulty of a particular route (prefixed by the text “Diffic.” – Difficulty). From (most) easy (1) to (very) difficult (5). With this you can easily find a tour of your choice: if you are a beginner, choose a 1 rated tour. If you are a trained mountain hiker, you can choose a 5 rated tour.

Because in some countries there are no (or not so many) mountains, the rating is more related to distance (in kilometre).

For mountain areas:

  1. Moderately easy tour (also perfect for a late afternoon walk). 2 hours max.
  2. With some physical condition, no difficulties. 1 to 3 hours max.
  3. Average tour, a moderate, good physical condition is needed! 2 to 4 hours max.
  4. Difficult tour. Sometimes you have to use your hands to climb (not all the way, just smaller parts). Between 3 to 6 hours.
  5. Very difficult tour. Here you’re at the boundary of “real” mountaineering. The “climbing factor” takes the overhand. Mostly between 5 and 7 hours.

Note: most mountain tours rated with a 4 or 5 rating have an additional rating. On these tours, climbing is required, so we used the UIAA-Scale. This rating has a range from I (very easy, no rope required) to X (extreme climbing difficulty). Some tours are easy Via Ferrata’s, so here I used the ‘Hüsler‘ rating: [A] well secured routes, small ladders; [B] more difficult, long ladders etc. The tours you will find on this website have no higher rating than UIAA scale I+ and Hüsler rating [A].

For flat landscapes:

  1. Short walk across even terrain. Distance till 5km across (asphalted / paved) roads in good condition.
  2. Walk with several small climbs, till a distance op 10km, mainly roads in good condition.
  3. A longer walk till 15km. Climbs and off-road routes possible. Good physical condition is necessary.
  4. Long walk till 25km. Climbs and off-road routes highly probable.
  5. Very long walk till 40km (or more). Climbs and off-road routes very likely.

Very important note: the rating scale above is just an indication. There are a lot of other factors to take into account! (see also: First time in the mountains).

Stated times

All (hiking tour) times are pure hiking time, so you would have to add up the time you spend on a break to these times! Our experience is that every hour we take a break for 10 minutes (for mountain tours as well as in a flat landscape). But of course this is really personal! Keep in mind that most duration times located on signs you’ll see in the mountains or durations mentioned in tour guides are pure hiking / climbing times, so without the time for breaks!

May I save / print out a tour description?

Yes, of course! At the end of each article there is a “printer” icon. Install a PDF Printer (for example PDFCreator) to output directly to PDF. If you don’t have a PDF reader, click here.

Vocabulary

Here is a list of terms – and their descriptions – we use on our website (mostly the tour descriptions). Most of those words are only known in the German or Austrian language or in the world of mountain hiking and climbing.

  • Sattel : sort of mountain ridge, referes to a saddle.
  • Parzelle : group of houses on mountain slopes, Parzelle is the German word for property or lot.
  • Tobel : kind of ravine but more in the forests then in the rocky parts of the mountains.
  • Forststrasse : forest road.
  • Trittsicherheit : the best way to describe this one is: How much confidence do you have when you make a step? Be aware of gravel, loose rocks, pebble etc. at steep parts on the slope.
  • Schwindelfreiheit : you must be aware that there are high peaks, deep ravines etc. so you could get dizzy very easy! With Schwindelfreiheit we mean that you won’t get dizzy.
  • Latschen : in Dutch we call this ‘kruipden’ or ‘bergden’. Latschen is like some sort of fir, but has the shape of a bush, the “official” German translation is “Krummholz”.
  • Klamm / Schlucht : if you ask me this, a Klamm and a Schlucht are the same. It’s a deep ravine worn out by water (a river) during the passage of time.
  • Spaziergang : a short and easy walk.

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