Two Hikes Today

February 6, 2024  |  Defereggental, Austria
Up on the little peak above Brunnalm / St. Jakob ski area. You can see one of the chairlifts down below in the right corner.

Up on the little peak above Brunnalm / St. Jakob ski area. You can see one of the chairlifts down below in the right corner.

Sunset over St. Jakob im Defereggental. The south-facing slopes of the valley are dry this February.

Sunset over St. Jakob im Defereggental. The south-facing slopes of the valley are dry this February.

Today I went on two hikes - and by "hikes" I mean walking, not ski touring. First I headed up late to the ski hill and the snow conditions weren't too inspiring, so after a couple runs I decided instead to leave my snowboard at the highest lift and scramble up a mixed snow and rock ridge to the top of the little peak above the ski area. I sat up there for a while snapping photos and soaking in the view before heading back down and trying my best to zen out on my snowboard on one continuous long run back to the base, focusing on each turn and the simple pleasure of sliding over snow. But one run was enough of that.

Back at the apartment in St. Jakob in the afternoon, Claudia and I went on a long sunset walk up a road along the bare south-facing slopes overlooking town. I had feared the day that we'd be dry-land hiking this winter, but that day has come. Still nice to be outside in the mountains in any case.