Trail maintenance and upkeep
Trail crew in action: the operation of a trail is unthinkable without their work. In the picture a team of the Austrian Alpine Club at the Alpe Adria Trail. ©Peter Angermann
Especially in years following catastrophic weather events, this task can push the responsible trail operators to the limits of both human and financial resources. The avalanche and mudslide disaster of November 2019 left a trail of devastation, especially on many trails in East Tyrol and Upper Carinthia. For example, the damage to the new Höfe Trail in East Tyrol’s Lesachtal valley was so severe that its opening had to be postponed for a year in the first place.
A weather event like the catastrophic snowfall in November 2019 presents a significant challenge to trail teams for trail restoration.
(Trail commissioner Alpe-Adria-Trail)
A tireless fighter for the Alpe-Adria-Trail and yet always up for a bit of fun: Ron Kapteyn. ©Klaus Dapra
The geographer is one of the founders and managing directors of Trail Angels, who are responsible for the online platform Bookyourtrail.com. As a trekking & outdoor freak, he is one of the fathers of the Alpe-Adria Trail and has been exploring the Nepalese Himalayas for more than 25 years.
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