Hutting in the Tirol

One of our new hutting tours, the Tirolean Eagle’s Path, offers challenging but very rewarding walking. John Catchlove completed it in June, and his spectacular photos show what lies in store.

The Tirolean Eagle’s Path tour covers part of a much longer trail known as the Adlerweg (Eagle’s Way), which runs from St Johann in east Tirol to St Anton in the west. The tour begins in Kufstein and travels westward to finish in Innsbruck. The tour started at the end of June and coincided with a high pressure system over central Europe and, during the first week especially, some of the hottest days I have experienced in the Alps. Those early days took us towards, and through, the Rofan Mountains – stopping a while at the picturesque Zireiner Lake – and down to the Achensee.


The second week was more spectacular as we passed through the Karwendel Mountains and stayed more than one night at some huts, enabling peaks to be climbed. The Ost. Karwendelspitze was climbed from the Karwendelhaus on a lovely day, giving wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.


A few days later we had an exciting walk along the appropriately named Wilde Bande Trail and followed this with an ascent of the Stempeljochspitze. Then one more overnight in a hut before the finish in Innsbruck. A great trip.