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					                                Hiking the Austrian Alps
  TRIP AT-A-GLANCE                            Trip Highlights
                                                 •   Hiking high mountain passes
  Dates: August 27 – September 4, 2010           •   Walking through gorgeous gorges
  Location:     Salzburg, Austria                •   Having several choices of hikes each days
  Cost:         $ *1000                          •   Singing songs from the Sound of Music (optional)
  Rating:       3/4
  Activities:   Hiking
                                              Trip Overview
  Meeting
                                              New in 2010! Every year the Adventures in Good Company
  Place:        Salzburg                      founder is leading a new trip to some place she has been wanting
                                              to go but hasn’t had the time to check out. This year is a hiking trip
  Arrive:       anytime on August 27
                                              in the Austrian Alps, combining huts and hotels, lots of hiking and
  Depart:       from Lofer, anytime on
                                              eating, and the chance to sing songs from the Sound of Music in
                   Sept. 4th
                                              their original setting.
  * Note: this is nonrefundable

                                              Our Itinerary
  WHAT’S INCLUDED
                                              August 27 arrive Salzburg. Overnight Hotel Hofwirt
       •    All dinners and breakfasts
            from breakfast day 2 thru
                                              (www.hofwirt.net)
            breakfast day 9
       •    8 nights double                   August 28 morning free to roam Salzburg, afternoon transfer by
            accommodation                     bus to Lofer
       •    Luggage forwarded to each
            village.
       •    Hiking map and guide book         August 29 first hiking day, Lofer-Lofer Alm
       •    Entrance fees to eight gorges
            and caves along the route         August 30 Loferer Alm - Unken
       •    One gondola fare
       •    All taxes and service charges
       •    Transfer from Salzburg to
                                              August 31 Unken-Aschauerklamm-Innersbachklamm-Reith
            Lofer
                                              September 1 Au Mayerbergklamm-Pastures-St.Martin/Lofer
  WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
       •      Transportation to Salzburg or   September 2 St.Martin- Wildenbach Gorge-Litzlalm
              back from Lofer.                Pastureseisenberg Gorge-Weissbach
       •      lunches
       •      Alcoholic beverages             September 3 Weissbach - Lamprechtshohle - Vorderkaser Gorge
       •      Supplemental trip to Via        - St. Martin - Lofer
              Alpina
                                              September 4 Trip ends in Lofer. You can leave anytime.


Last Revised: 03/18/10
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Packing List
FOOTWEAR
 __ 1 pair lightweight waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support. They should fit comfortably, without constriction,
      when you are wearing one liner sock and one hiking sock.
 __ 1 pair comfortable walking shoes – athletic shoes, Keens, or Tevas/Chacos
 __ 2 pair thin liner socks: silk or synthetic equivalent (optional)
 __ 3 pair Hiking socks: wool or synthetic equivalent (Thorlo, Smartwool, Ultrex, or Teko)

CLOTHING
 __1-2 pair comfortable, lightweight, synthetic hiking pants (Supplex, or nylon/polyester/spandex blend) Zip-off pants
    are ideal.
 __ 1 pair lightweight long underwear top and bottoms: silk, wool or synthetic equivalent (Capilene, Thermastat, MTS, or
      polypropylene)
 __ 1 medium-weight top layer: wool shirt/pull-over or synthetic equivalent (“expedition-weight” Capilene, MTS,
      Thermastat, or microfleece) A wool or fleece vest works well for this layer.
 __ 1 fleece or pile jacket
 __ 1 pair shorts: nylon shorts with liners are comfortable and easy to wash (unnecessary if you use zip-offs)
 __ 1 lightweight long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (a button-up is easy to put on/take off.)
 __ 2-3 T-shirts (made of synthetic material or lightweight wool)
 __ 1 wide-brimmed hat for sun, rain, and high fashion
 __ 1 rain parka and rain pants: a waterproof/breathable fabric like Gore-tex is preferable. Partial or full-length leg
      zippers are great for easily putting your pants on over your shoes or boots.
 __ Underwear and pajamas or whatever you like to sleep in
 __ warm hat and gloves
 __ town clothes; e.g. pants, skirts, blouses, shirts etc.

EQUIPMENT
__ 1 daypack lined with a plastic bag, large enough to carry your water, lunch, raingear, etc. A hip belt will make it much
     more comfortable to carry.
__ pair of trekking poles (Highly recommended)

ESSENTIALS
 __ passport and a photocopy of your passport
 __ sunscreen and lip block with SPF of at least 15
 __ sunglasses (100% UV blocking) and retention strap
 __ 2 liter water carrying capacity (water bottle or hydration system)
 __ 1-2 bandannas
 __ small headlamp or flashlight

TOILETRIES (small everything)
__ toothbrush, small toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, moist towelettes, sanitary supplies and a zip-lock plastic bag,
     contact lens paraphernalia
__ personal “patch kit”: bandaids, Compeed (or blister bandaids) and moleskin, first aid or cloth athletic tape, foot
     powder, ibuprofen, personal medications, if any. Individuals allergic to insect stings must bring an epi-pen.
     Please consult your physician and tell your guide.

OPTIONAL
__ small journal and pen                  __ camera and film/memory card           __ compact binoculars
__ favorite snacks                        __ book or small game                    __shower shoes (like flip flops)
__ ear plugs (for a good night’s sleep)   __ electrical adaptor/cpnverter          __ extra batteries/charger




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Notes on the Packing List
Because we stay indoors every night, you may be tempted to skimp on the                 Items on your packing list can
warm clothes. Don't. Weather in the mountains can be variable. It may be
                                                                                       be purchased through a number
warm and sunny, cool and drizzly, or both. At the same time, you should
                                                                                        of outdoor outfitters including:
pack as lightly as possible as you will be responsible for carrying your
luggage up and down stairs in the inns.
                                                                                        Recreational Equip. Inc (REI)
Daypacks: We recommend a daypack with space for all of your items                              800-426-4840
(1800-2600 cu in). Before you leave home check to be sure that your                             www.rei.com
daypack is comfortable to wear all day. Having a daypack with a hip belt and
padded shoulder straps will provide for much more comfortable hiking.                  Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
                                                                                               603-924-7231
Footwear: Well-fitting, sturdy boots are very important to your safety and
                                                                                               www.ems.com
enjoyment. If you plan to buy new boots, break them in by wearing them
around town and taking some short hikes before your trip. For general
trekking, lightweight cordura or leather boots work well. Leather boots may                Sierra Trading Post
be waterproofed in various simple ways, and cordura boots will be                             800-713-4534
waterproof if they are lined with Gore-Tex. For this trip you need boots that           www.SierraTradingPost.com
come above your ankle – you’ll find that this will give you more support in the
rocky uneven or slippery terrain.                                                      Also check out the websites on
                                                                                       the Affiliate page of our website
Personal First Aid Kit: Small first aid kit with familiar medicine you might                  (under Resources)
need for personal use, ESPECIALLY blister or foot remedies like moleskin,
gelskin, blister bandages or similar. The amount and kind you bring will depend on your tendency to blister
but many people get blisters on hiking tours. Other suggestions: remedies for respiratory ailments? Stomach
ailments? Sore muscles or joints? We will have a first aid kit too, but if you already know what works for you
it’s better to have it with you than experiment on a trip.

Clothing: Layering is the most practical and efficient method of insulating the body. Several layers of varied
weight materials provide better insulation than one thick layer of clothing. Also, adding or subtracting layers
allows you to adjust to the temperature at your particular level of activity. You will use your long underwear as
your base layer, your vest or mid-weight top as a second layer, and fleece as your third layer. If it gets cold
you can use your rain gear, warm hat and/or gloves as needed.

Rain Gear: You will need a parka or jacket made of a coated nylon or a waterproof/breathable fabric like
Gore-tex, HellyTech, Membrane, H2No, or Ultrex. Be sure it keeps water out. Before making this
important purchase, be sure that it fits you properly. It should be large enough to fit over all your layers. In
particular, the hood needs to be effective. It should shield your face from the rain and turn with your head.
Put on your daypack; can you still raise your arms? Lastly, the wind/rain pants. They should be comfortable,
allow enough room for your layers, and permit free movement of your legs (for example, can you crouch
comfortably?). Partial or full-length leg zippers are useful for easily putting your pants on over your boots.

Hydration: It is very important to your safety and enjoyment to have an independent ability for accessing
your water. As you are hiking you will need water to be accessible in order to drink frequently. One method
is to have a water bottle attached to your waist strap. Another option is to use a HYDRATION SYSTEM
such as CamelBak, Platypus, and Gregory bladder bags which are simply a collapsible water bag with a hose
attachment that you drink from. These fit inside your pack with the hose positioned over your shoulder where
you can access your water without the use of your hands. Some models are designed to attach to the outside
of your pack. Bladder bags can hold 40-100oz. of water.


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Additional Trip Preparations
                                          CONDITIONING
HELPFUL WEBSITES                          Being physically prepared for your hiking trip will assure that you have the
                                          energy to do everything you choose to. If you already exercise regularly,
                                          the single most important additional preparation you can make is to spend
Lonely Planet Guidebooks web site
                                          time hiking with your daypack on and loaded with water and gear for the
for information on Austria.               day. Consider taking your daypack to the nearest park after work twice a
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/austria       week and walk up and down hills. Start about 4 to 6 weeks before the trip
                                          with an hour and work up to two. This should be in addition to your regular
                                          aerobic exercise. If you live in the flatlands, either find a stadium and do
                                          stadium steps or a tall building and walk up flights. Stairmasters will also
                                          get your uphill leg muscles in shape.

                                          If you don’t exercise regularly now, we advise you to start an exercise
                                          program at least three months before your trip. For example, you might start
                                          walking 4 or 5 times a week for half an hour, at a pace that is fast enough to
                                          make you breathe deeply. Hills are good for this. Gradually add time until
                                          you are comfortable hiking for two hours. Other options are working out at a
                                          health club on a stairmaster or treadmill, aerobics classes, cross country
                                          skiing or any activity that makes you breathe harder. The key is to exercise
                                          at a rate that makes you work, but not so hard that you are unable to talk or
                                          gasping for breath. Alternate longer days with shorter days. Two months
                                          before the trip also incorporate day hikes as suggested above. Aerobic
                                          conditioning is much more important than strength training.
 WEATHER
 August in the Austrian Alps is
 typically a beautiful time to visit.     POSSIBLE PRE-TRIP READING
 Highs average in the 60s during          Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in
 the day and 40s at night, although       an Alpine Glacier by Brenda Fowler. The complete story of the 1991
 the weather does vary with the           discovery of the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man in the Tyrol. A major
 altitude. It could be sunny, rainy,      archaeological find, the "Iceman" sparked off a media frenzy, and caused a
 windy or cold.                           significant stir in the scientific community and much ruckus between Austria
                                          and Italy over who actually had the rights.

                                          Schlepping Through the Alps, My Search for Austria’s Jewish Past
 EMERGENCY CONTACT                        with its Wandering Shepard by Sam Apple. A hilarious and touching
                                          exploration of history, tradition and sheep. This account of travels in Austria
 INFORMATION                              with Hans Breuer, a shepherd who sings Yiddish folk songs to his sheep, is
 If you have a GSM phone, you will        admittedly a comic quest, but it also delves into some of the darker corners
                                          of Austria's history in World War II
 have at least some coverage and
 people can contact you directly.         Homestead by Rosini Lippi. Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian
 The guide will have her cell and         Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail
 can be contacted at 410-624-             of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the
 6538. If this does not work, tell        present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
 people to call the office (877/439-      The Austrians: A Thousand Year Odyssey by Gordon Brook-Shepherd.
 4042) and we will make every             Detailed, impressively researched and readable, this book is a wide-ranging
 effort to contact you.                   narrative history of the last 1,000 years of Austria and the Austrian
                                          character.




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Special Considerations for International Trips
PASSPORT
                                                                  at ATMs. Street-side ATMs are still the most common,
A valid passport is required for travel in [Name of
                                                                  though a few hotels and resturants may have one.
Country]. You will need to present it at the airports
before and after your flights. Be sure to carry a
photocopy of your passport in a separate location, for
                                                                  LANGUAGE
security’s sake. It is also a good idea to leave one with         Austria's official language is German, which is spoken
somebody at home. If you already have a passport,                 with a variety of different dialects within the country.
check to make sure it is still current (they expire every 10      English is by far the most prevalent second language.
years). Passports can be renewed through the mail. If             Most Austrians have at least a rudimentary
you are getting a passport for the first time, you must           understanding of English and a majority, in fact, speak
submit your application in person.                                it quite well, especially people working in hotels or
                                                                  restaurants.
For information on how to obtain a passport, download
an application from                                               STAYING IN TOUCH
travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html, ask your
travel agent, or call the Passport Office at 202-647-0518.        There are a variety of internet cafes in Salzburg, that
Allow at least 6 weeks.                                           charge a fee per hour to use. Once we leave Salzburg
                                                                  internet access will be sporadic, though some of our
                                                                  hotels may have internet and some of the villages may
VISA                                                              have an internet café.
No Visa is required for travel in Austria by residents of
the United States or Canada.                                      From Austria it’s easy to telephone anywhere in the
                                                                  world from public phone booths. The most common
                                                                  way to make calls is to use an international
MONEY                                                             phonecard, which can be bought at post offices and
Austria is one of the members of the EU and has                   newsstands. To call to Austria from the US, start with
converted to the single european currency, the Euro.              011, 43, the city code (662 for Salzburg) and then omit
The current exchange rate is approximately 1 Euro to              the first 0 in their number. Austria is 1 hour ahead of
1.49 US dollar, although this can fluctuate. Travelers            Greenwich Mean Time. When it is noon in Austria, it’s
cheques and foreign money can be changed at banks,                3 a.m. in L.A. and 6 a.m. in New York.
railway stations and airports, and very often at major
hotels (generally at a less attractive rate). Travelers           You can also try getting a local Austria sim card for
cheques are less generally accepted than they used to             your cell phone if your cell phone is GSM compatible.
be. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers          Some carriers also have international calling plans that
are advised to take travelers cheques in Euros.                   you can pre-pay so you do not incur roaming charges;
                                                                  check with your carrier for options.
Credit & debit cards: MasterCard and Visa are widely
accepted, but many small establishments - shops cafes             ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
and grocery stores - only accept cash. It is advisable to         The electrical current in Austria is 220V, 50 Hz so
ask merchants if they accept credit cards before trying to        travelers from the US need a three-tier standard power
purchase items if they do not display the insignia in the         converter (or transformer). This converts European
window. You should be aware that to purchase products             220v to 110 v. Some US appliances can handle the
or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% sometimes            wattage of European outlets without a converter (not
is applied.                                                       hairdryers).
ATMs are plentiful in Austria and are called                      At minimum, make sure you bring a plug adapter for
“bankomaten”. In most cases, you pay only your usual              any electrical items you travel with - plugs have two
bank fee rather than a commission, though this may vary           round pins and many outlets are sunk into the wall.
depending on your bank's policy. If you are unsure about          Some specialty travel stores carry adapters and can
compatibility, contact your bank or credit card company.          help you chose the right one.
Generally, you will get the best available exchange rate


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Getting There Continued

OUR TRAVEL AGENT                           TRAVEL
                                           Depending on what you are planning to do either before or after the
If you need assistance with making
                                           trip, you may choose to fly into Munich (MUC) or directly into
your travel plans, call Sara
                                           Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Aisport (SZC).
Schuitemaker at Scan East West
Travel. Her toll-free number is 800-
                                           If you fly into Munich, take the “S” Bahn train from the airport to the
727-2157 and her email is
                                           Munich HB (main station). The trip takes 40 minutes and the train
sara@scaneastwest.com.
                                           runs every 10 minutes. From the Munich main station there is at
                                           least one train an hour to Salzburg and the trip is 2 hours. The best
TRAVEL INSURANCE                           website to help you plan this is http://www.raileurope.com. From the
We highly recommend travel                 Salzburg main station it’s a short 10 minute taxi ride to the Hotel
insurance. We know that women              Hofwirt.
never want to cancel their trips, and
the reasons for doing so are always        If you fly directly to Salzburg, the airport is serviced by several of the
excellent. Occasionally it’s a             major international airline carriers, such as: British Airways, Air
sudden illness; even more frequently       France, KLM, Alitalia, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. Coming from
it’s the illness of someone they care      the United States or Canada, you will most likely need to transfer
about. Trip insurance at least             through another European country to get to Salzburg. From the
minimizes the disappointment and           airport you can take a taxi (about 1 minute) to Hotel Hofwirt
expense during what is often a
difficult time. In addition insurance      In either case you will need to leave from the U.S. on August 26th to
covers the cost of lost baggage;           get there on the 27th.
medical expenses during your trip,
including emergencies, repatriation,       On your return, you will need transportation from the town of Lofer to
and evacuation; and trip delay. If         Salzburg airport, about 35 miles. You can depart anytime on the 4th
you decide to purchase insurance,          of September. From Lofer the buses to the Salzburg main station
you can secure a policy through            depart at 6:20 am, 7:45 am, 9:45 am etc. and the trip is 1 hr and 15
your own insurance company or              minutes. From here you can take a taxi to the airport. If you are
enroll with the company we use,            going to MUC, there is at least one train an hour to Munich main
Travelex Insurance. Call                   station and then the “S” Bahn train directly to the airport.
1-800-228-9792 or visit
www.travelexinsurance.com. The
location code is 20-0016.




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