Category Archives: Abroad

Travelling outside Germany.

The Günther-Messner-Steig in South Tyrol


Günther Messner was a twenty-four year old mountaineer from Villnöß, South Tyrol (Südtirol), who perished in the Himalaya mountain range more than five decades ago.

He was a younger brother of Reinhold Messner, who was directly involved in the horrible events that led to his brother’s disappearance at the merciless Nanga Parba mountain in June 1970.

In the 2000s, human remains that belonged to Günther Messner were … read more

Západné Tatry: Žiarska chata, Baníkov


The Západné Tatry (Western Tatras) mountain range in Slovakia has slipped my attention as a destination for hiking and mountaineering tours until quite recently.

Visitors not only tend to confuse the western part of the High Tatras (where the famous peaks Kriváň and Rysy are located) with this mountain range, but the Western Tatras also get vastly overshadowed by the popularity of its eastern counterpart.

It took me some … read more