We're on the move! Alpine Exploratory exists as a system for exploration, systematised yet thoroughly human. This is the Exploratory system. For the moment we apply ourselves to the Alps, Norway and the UK. Here we sketch ideas for our next 4 years.
The Exploratory system
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We have Norway treks in mind: a lower-level trek in the Rondane, from above Lillehammer to above Otta. This promises to be a trek of roughly one week, building up in grandeur, staying in Norwegian huts and one hotel at Venabu. As a third area, allied to the Rondane and our current Jotunheimen Tour, we will look further at Oppdal as a base for trekking in the Dovrefjell area.
On the Alpine Pass Route we will add some short variants, to add to options for trekkers.
Our UK coverage continues with more options in the Scottish Highlands. Look out for our new route in the Northern Highlands, to be announced. The natural development from the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way is into the hills proper.
In the French Alps we have been conscious for a while that the Tour du Mont Blanc is barely an introduction to the walking available. Our visit to Pralognan revealed a fun French town as a base. A trek that stays within one country, really one region of a country, and is less busy than internationally-famed routes, can leave a particular impression on the traveler.
Our plans in the Zillertal are to add the full Zillertal Hohenweg to our existing Zillertal Weekend.
With Bern as a Swiss base, trains link the Alpine Pass Route along its Northern edge. This is the scenic line from Zweisimmen to Montreux through Gstaad and Chateaux d'Oex.
The train links in Austria allow all kinds of cross-country adventure. To add to options post-Adlerweg or post-AV1 we plan to link Innsbruck and Salzburg to the smaller Austrian city of Klagenfurt. This will be a return to Klagenfurt after many years; on our first trip to Slovenia we entered by train through Klagenfurt and Villach.
The aim is to complete our train links a full 360 degrees around the Alps: from Grenoble to Nice and then Nice to Turin being key to the ongoing French Alps coverage. In Northern Italy we have travel urges to satisfy from Milan to Treviso and Venice.
As part of our Alta Via 1 service we intend to see Verona and Vicenza, two Italian cities in between Milan and Venice on the plain of the Po. We'll be seeking Verona flights to add to our travel advice for the AV1. (Venice is the main airport).
We will be back in Vienna, a treat after the Adlerweg or Zillertal. Also, in Switzerland, Bern is a favourite of ours for its laid-back atmosphere and setting on the river.
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Roughly 2019 will be our time to link Innsbruck and Dobbiaco. One Austrian mountain city, one Austro-Italian mountain resort. Why the link? This is the Munchen-Venedig, or Munich to Venice. In Germany it's a big trek, a natural link over the mountains. (Experience the passing scenery a little faster by taking our Alta Via 1, flying to Munich for the train to Dobbiaco to Innsbruck.. then after the AV1 fly out of Venice.) The full Munich to Venice will be 4 weeks long, of which the third week is our existing AV1. The second week is the Innsbruck to Dobbiaco link. We have a route in mind and it combines with the Zillertal area outside Mayrhofen.
In Switzerland our Alpine Pass Route explorations will see us covering many of the train lines South and North of the route.. towards Milan and Zurich respectively. We started in 2016 and loved it! Pop through the mountains and emerge in Italy, or the Italian-speaking Swiss Canton of Ticino. We'll finish these linkages so that we can advise on all the ways to the Alpine Pass Route.
To the East of Ljubljana is Maribor, also curiously easy to reach from Graz in Austria. In Switzerland we'll be checking more of Luzern, Basel and Bern. A medium as opposed to large city can be perfect after a trek.
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In the Scottish Highlands we continue to look beyond the better-known valleys to the quiet places. Among the team our knowledge of the Scottish hills (three Munro rounds, one Corbett round and counting) is making us think about our services off the beaten track.
We are close to a comprehensive coverage of the travel routes to our major treks... there are several viable routes to each one. The intention is to finalise these around 2020 having spread ourselves across the most important ways to every trek. For example, Turin is a good option for the TMB.
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Following a more varied coverage of Austria and France, and having now completed the Alpine Pass Route, it will again be the turn of the Swiss Alps. Winter visits are planned to inform Summer explorations.. with St. Moritz and the Engadine on our minds.
New for 2018
Our 2017 recces have gone to plan and thus we are delighted to add the following for 2018:
As distinct from these explorations of new areas, please see our separate page on recces: these are our regular updates on current trips:
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