ABOUT STICK AND STONE
Her first look is for the shoes of those who want to hike, then she looks at the whole person: Manuela Kalkhauser from Kössen is a certified mountain hiking guide and because of her experience she immediately knows who she is dealing with. And this knowledge is worth gold, after all, she is responsible as a mountain guide for the safety of their guests. Many overestimate themselves on their first hike: they wear new footwear, are fantastically equipped with breathable functional clothing and the best hiking rucksacks - they have no experience in hiking. And Manuela Kalkhauser immediately realizes that.
Learning to walk
Of course, the general condition plays a role, but it is also about the movement during walking, which one must first get used to. And so passionate athletes come on their first hike in a sweat. Manuela Kalkhauser has to learn how to walk for some guests: the slow movement lasting several hours is no longer used to many high-performance guests - they want to start all too fast. That's why Manuela Kalkhauser walks ahead with emphatically slow steps. Because the mountain guide always goes ahead, she says.
The offer of Manuela Kalkhauser is aimed specifically at all those who have little experience in the mountains and want to experience nature firsthand. She adapts the degree of difficulty of her tours to the abilities of the participants and wants to give her guests a nice day: Excessive demands would be a hindrance in this case. Above all, it is not necessary, because in the beautiful Kaiserwinkel wonderful places can be reached even without much effort. Manuela Kalkhauser likes to show this to her guests. She travels throughout the region - very often in Kaiserwinkl, but some of her tours also take her to St. Johann, Kitzbühel, the Kaisergebirge or even further away. In fact, the route is the goal of Manuela Kalkhauser's guided mountain tours: She seems to know every blade of grass by name, tells stories from the surrounding area, cleverly interweaves her knowledge of myths and legends from the region. Of course she also knows a lot about the surrounding mountain peaks. She looks into the distance and explains her naming. For every question she seems to have an answer. For many years she worked in the tour guide, so maybe her sense of the people and their needs.
Learning to look
Nature plays an important role for Manuela Kalkhauser. She is not only a certified mountain guide, but has also completed her training as a nature and moor guide. This results in wonderful synergy effects: Regardless of the landscape in which she is traveling with her guests, Manuela Kalkhauser is about making her guests aware of the beauty of nature. Not only walking wants to teach them, but also looking.
The hikers should first of all arrive in nature and leave the stress, the workload, the everyday problems behind. Most of their guests are on holiday in the Tyrol and need some time to clear their minds about life at home. Only then are they ready and receptive - in this moment hooks Manuela Kalkhauser and draws the attention of tourists and vacationers on details. She reaches for a leaf of horsemint on the roadside and lets the hiking enthusiasts smell it. In nature, man is thrown back on himself, perhaps it is easier for him to gain clarity in the lush green of the forest: the recreational value is in the foreground during the hikes with Manuela Kalkhauser.
Summit storm and hut fun
The mountain world is huge, breathtakingly beautiful and at the same time unpredictable: The weather does not always play a part in the hikes of Manuela Kalkhauser. Despite their good connections upwards, it often happens that dark storm clouds force hikers to turn back. In these moments, spontaneity is needed. Manuela Kalkhauser must then make the right decision so as not to endanger her guests. She prefers to choose a different route instead of taking a risk.
In any case, head for a rustic hut on the way: Manuela Kalkhauser wants to convey the authentic Tyrol. And so you always come back, Juchizer 'over the lips, when she arrived at the destination - either summit or hut. There she likes to have a small bottle of schnapps in a row, from which one may take a sip. This too is one of their specialties: the summit brandy has a long tradition.
Wanderführerin Manuela KalkhauserLeitweg 15
A-6345 KössenGPS 47.661915 / 12.4153232