Gerry CarsonAustria

Mountainous Sölden and Vent

Gerry CarsonAustria
Mountainous Sölden and Vent

Sölden and Vent  August/September 2011

The landscape around Sölden and Vent in the Ötztal area of the Austrian Alps offers very good high level walking and scrambling opportunities, and views of more glaciers than anyone could shake a stick at. Superb views and scenery lay all around us.

The group was a very good and friendly one, even though it was large, and both of the hotels proved good; with the first one, at Sölden, being particularly adept at catering for special diets.

Over the two weeks the walks took us to many high points. Some of the walks were definitely at the top end of the grade, but also offered options for those who wanted to do something less demanding.

For the enthusiastic there were also options for walks that were either longer or above the grade. For me, a highlight on one of the free days was hiking up to the spot where “Ötzi”, or the Similaun Man, was discovered some 10,500ft up, just over the border in Italy. This hike can be done comfortably by anybody who is fit and has stamina. On the other free day a small group of us also wandered off on a walk that included two very beautiful glacial valleys, with one of them peppered with garnet encrusted rocks that lay virtually everywhere.

The organised walks also took as around many fine valleys and up to commanding peaks, as well as many comfortable mountain huts where we were able to enjoy some welcome refreshments whilst taking in the surrounding panoramas.

So if you are a keen and fit walker this trip could definitely appeal to you. Take gloves and a warm hat though, I know I did, and made good use of them on a few occasions.