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Picture Night is an opportunity to enjoy pictures and stories of outdoor adventures and travel most often presented by fellow Chemeketans.  During the presentations, we often learn a bit of history about the area visited and about the people encountered.  Picture Night is usually held the second Friday of each month, September through May (except December).  Read on for information about this month’s presentation.

The Meran Hightrail

Friday, March 8, 7:00p.m.
Broadway Commons, Mongolia Room (#305)
1300 Broadway Street NE, Salem, OR

Our presenter, John Eells, invites you to come along on a 100 km (62 miles) hike on this splendid alpine trail in the Tyrolean Alps of Northern Italy.  The trail is easy to get to and forms a loop making it even easier to access.  Optimists claim it can be walked in 37 hours but plan for 5-8 days or longer.  Mountain “refugios” are spaced about a day apart on the trail making it unnecessary to carry a tent, stove food, etc.  And the food and drink in the refugios is excellent.

He continues: "Don’t get me wrong, though the path is well maintained, this is rugged mountain  country . The ups and downs are richly rewarded by magnificent scenery.  See how the alpine farmers have lived for hundreds of years. Be charmed by the music of cow, sheep and goat bells. 

Climb 1250 meters with me to the highpoint, the Stettinger Refugio through falling snow getting deeper by the minute.  Look down on rock spires and a frozen lake.  Of all the alpine hikes of this duration, this may be the very best."


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