Gerry Carson has just returned from our Tirolean Summer tour, which gave him the opportunity to revisit some favourite places and discover new ones.
I first visited the Stubai Valley five years ago but never forgot the superb mountain walking that was on offer there, and so I decided that a return visit would be well worthwhile. And I was not disappointed.
The walking was as good as ever and even included some trails that were new to me. As before, the two-leader approach meant that a good range of walks were on offer that well suited most needs, and also with options to do even more or less on many of the walks.
Real highlights for me were being able to revisit rewarding peaks such as Serles, Elfer and the Hoher Burgstall – all fine peaks in their own right – and as well as visiting a peak that was new to me, the Rinnenspitze. An excellent, but also challenging scramble that led on to a summit offering superb views of mountains and glaciers alike.
The weather did let us down a bit at the start of this two-week trip but we were well rewarded with many fine views when the weather did pick up. And of course that also enabled us better to enjoy the ambience of the lovely mountain alms and their surroundings. A really nice way of taking a break or winding down after a good walk.
And it is worth mentioning that the tea and cakes that awaited us in the hotel at the end of each day's walk went down well too!