Trail maintenance in the Achensee region
The Achensee region boasts a huge variety of hiking routes that let visitors experience alpine pastures, mountain huts, and gorgeous views of Tirol’s largest lake.
With its diverse network of hiking trails, Lake Achensee is the perfect destination for hikers and mountaineers. Keeping our trails safe, clean, and well-maintained is our top priority. Since 2004, the Achensee Hiking Trail Association has managed trail maintenance with an annual budget for four crew members. From the beginning of May until the end of October the crew maintains over 500 kilometres of hiking paths in the Achensee region.
What does a day of a crew member of the Achensee Hiking Trail Association look like?
At the start of the season, the crew checks the trails close to the valley. They can’t get to the tops and summit crosses until summer because of lingering snow. Maintenance work includes repairing winter and weather damage, removing rocks, trimming vegetation, and renewing markings and signs. Furthermore, the crew installs stepping stones, stairs and steps, checks scarps and fixed ropes, and repairs benches and bridges. Sometimes, the Hiking Trail Association also carries out major renovations in coordination with nature conservation organizations.
Every day, the crew selects the trails to be checked. Depending on the route and the amount of work, all four members set out together or split into two teams. Again this year, Peter, Gerhard, Wolfgang, and Paul will be out on the trails of the hiking area Achensee. The job involves walking hundreds of kilometres and climbing over hundreds of metres of elevation in all weathers. With summer season closing, the crew will have spent over 4,000 working hours. “At the end of the day, you’re really exhausted”, says Peter Kröll, who has worked for the Achensee Hiking Trail Association for 15 years. “It’s not only walking the trails, but we also need to bring tools to maintain the paths. And that’s hard work and very demanding. But I still enjoy it, and working on the mountain keeps me fit.”
In addition to the four members of the Achensee Hiking Trail Association, there are also volunteer trail keepers of the various sections of the Alpine Association. And let’s not forget the hikers who sometimes remove a rock or some other obstacle.