Hiking the Alps & Dolomites

Expedition Journal

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In 2017 I embarked on a hut-to-hut hiking expedition through the Austrian Alps and Italian Dolomites.

I spent 4 nights on the Stubaier Höhenweg (Stubai High Trail) and another 4 nights in the Seiser Alm and Rosengarten area of the Dolomites. The Alps have an incredible system of mountain huts (called rifugios on the Italian side) which are really nothing like "huts" at all: they serve hearty food, usually have showers, and provide a range of shared dorms and private rooms. There are over 1,000 huts in Austria alone, and the beauty of the system is that it allows you to hike days on end with nothing more than a daypack.

This expedition journal is a chance for me to recount my experiences, share my photography and pass on tips and advice I learned from researching and hiking this trip.

Explore my adventure:

Arrival in Stubai

Part I: Arrival in Stubai

Through Mist & Mountain

Part II: Through Mist & Mountain

Over the Ridge

Part III: Over the Ridge

Detoured by Snow

Part IV: Detoured by Snow

Into the Dolomites

Part V: Into the Dolomites

Climbing the Schlern

Part VI: Climbing the Schlern

Lunar Landing

Part VII: Lunar Landing

Dusty Heights to Verdant Valleys

Part VIII: Dusty Heights to Verdant Valleys

The Last Step is the Steepest

Part IX: The Last Step is the Steepest

Tips & Resources for Hut Hiking

Part X: Tips & Resources for Hut Hiking