After the #Mammutmarsch HikeAlone in August with 50km (komoot.de/tour/231834661) and the #MegaMarsch WirGehenWeiter3 in September with 100km (komoot.de/tour/265504088) followed on Last weekend the first regular #Mammut March in Dortmund with 55km.
Despite all Corona-related adjustments regarding start groups, mask requirement, contactless distribution at the refreshment points, it was again a pleasure to be on tour with so many hikers. And like every time there were many new contacts, interesting stories from first-time marchers and old mammoths and, by the way, lots of great nature in the southern area of Dortmund.
In conclusion, I have to say that I liked the route of the HikeAlone Tour a little better, but of course this shortcoming was fully offset by the many fellow hikers.
I'm looking forward to the next time and maybe we'll see each other.
October 13, 2020
After September was totally underexposed for me in terms of hiking, I wanted to tear down a few more kilometers for the statistics at least at the end of the month.
So the parallel hiking event #MegaMarsch # 100km24h # 50km12h came in very handy. Under corona conditions this time under very individual conditions and not as a large group hike.
I've run the 50km route a few times, but I haven't dared to do the 100km overnight. At this event you could run the 100km on two days as long as the total running time did not exceed the target of 24 hours.
So I set out early in the morning from the beautiful Kemnader See to hike along the Ruhr via Hattingen, Dahlhausen, Steele, Kupferdreh, Werden to Essen-Kettwig on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. Certainly not the most demanding route based on the altitude difference. At the end of the first day, the planned 50km on the clock and a stop at the Landgasthaus Knappmann were due. After a delicious dinner, a good night and breakfast, we went home the next morning. Actually the same path, that sounds quite unexciting, but many people are probably familiar with it, looking back reveals many a new perspective. In this respect, the way back was also good, despite the significantly cooler weather, but without rain.
It is essential to keep in mind that the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path is an almost completely paved path. This is no comparison with the wonderful hiking trails in our forests but much more strenuous.
In conclusion, the path is always an experience. My 100km tour is maybe but not necessarily the recommendation for everyone :)
September 27, 2020
While I was walking a wonderfully shady path from Iserlohn to Altena Castle (komoot.de/tour/240368051) last weekend despite the heat, I discovered that the forest town of Iserlohn (like many other cities) owns a 66 km long circular route (komoot.de/tour/239069991) through the green surroundings. And since there was comparatively pleasant hiking weather this weekend, I took this chance and took a closer look at the southern part of the path.
I started again near the Dechenhöhle, but this time clockwise.
As you can see, there were again some vertical meters. So it went past wonderfully named mountains, hills, elevations ...
Father and Nun (de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pater_und_Nonne)
Hangsberg (doesn't every mountain have a slope?)
Mühlenberg (mmhh, I haven't seen a mill?
Heuberg (Nene, it was made of stone, not a bit of hay!)
Wixberg (No, the autocorrection did not fail here;))
As you can see, each ascent has been given its own name.
Otherwise the tour was a little less shady than last week, but again there were wonderful beech and oak forests. And certainly not a few deforested former spruce forests. A few months ago I was just sad here. But if you take a closer look at the areas, you can see a lot of positive things. Between the cut spruce trees you can see many new shoots of birch, beech and oak that finally have enough space and light. And you can see on many slopes what the forest owners have already achieved in terms of afforestation in recent years.
And now I wish you a lot of fun with the wonderful free sport and leisure activity hiking.
August 24, 2020
After my shady tour (komoot.de/tour/235352435) was a complete success last weekend, I was looking for a tour for hot days today. Nevertheless, a few vertical meters should not be missing. And so this morning I walked from Iserlohn-Grüne to Altena Castle. It was a wonderful start to the day (from 8 a.m.) and the route to Altena led as far as possible through wonderful beech forests, a dream :) But I also liked the small town of Altena, how it looks with its houses on the slopes of the Lenne -Tal hugs. You can still see the old shine, even if it is certainly no longer one of the prosperous places with its wire goods industry. A short tour on the grounds of Altena Castle was part of it, unfortunately it wasn't open yet. And then it went back to the starting point. This time it was more the oak trees that gave me shade. Unfortunately there were also some areas with dead spruce here. A sad sight, but at the same time full of hope, because small oaks and beeches rose up between the spruce trees.
All in all, again a recommendation (except for a small section at the end of the tour between two paddocks). Perfect for escaping the heat and still indulging in the passion of hiking.
August 16, 2020
In view of the announced thunderstorms, I wanted to do at least a little lap at Lake Kemnader today. The final was 20 leisurely kilometers, of which a maximum of 3 km directly on the lake 😆🤷♂️
I started at the community center in Vormholz, then down the hill to the lake bridge, a detour to the small lighthouse on Lake Kemnader, past the Heveney and then uphill to the RUB. And so I had the opportunity to do another lap in the RUB Botanical Garden, which then blocked the planned exit to the Lottental, i.e. one more lap to the entrance on Nord-Süd-Straße and then down into Lottental. On to Stiepel, where the path led me directly over the golf course. I am always horrified at how dead such a green space can be ☹️. At the end a piece of Kemnader See, over the weir, then in the direction of Kämpenstraße back up to Vormholz, where the honey bear bee colonies were waiting at the end of the tour. 🐝
August 15, 2020
After the 50 km mammoth march (komoot.de/tour/231834661) last Sunday and the announcement of 35 ° C for today, it quickly became clear that I needed a relaxed tour.
And that's exactly what I started this morning at 22 ° C in Breckerfeld. A wonderful, relaxed round over many forest and other shady paths past the Glörtalsperre (komoot.de/highlight/1224691) over to the Ennepetalsperre (komoot.de/highlight/444111) and back to Breckerfeld. Definitely a recommendation for hot days too. Those who start in the morning go counter-clockwise, as the few sunny sections of the route were on the last 2 km.
When hiking you always meet new and old friends. And who did I meet again by chance? The Wappenweg (komoot.de/tour/213923212) around Ennepetal and again we walked a few meters together. Wonderful 😊
PS: Ok, now I'm coming out as an absolute city kid (even if I'm very connected to nature). But what do you do when the trail leads across a meadow on which dozens of cattle block the path? Just through the pack?
August 8, 2020