Practical stuff

If you're thinking of going walking in Alpine countries, here's some practical detail to help get you started.

Poste Restante

It is possible to send items 'poste restante' to await your arrival. This is a tempting option much used when walking long trails in the USA. One could for example send forward a 'bounce box' with hard to find or heavy items - camera chargers, maps, spare clothes or favourite items of food like Marmite! In my experience and others, this doesn't work very well in the Alps. Things can be held up for no obvious reason, and hanging about waiting isn't fun. Moreover some Post offices won't keep your things for long before helpfully returning them to the UK.