D-3 Brenner in Italy

I pretty much followed the Sill River and made it over the Brenner Pass into Italy. Yeahhhh!

But I had a challenging day not only because of 13 miles and over 2,000 feet of climbing, but some small parts of which were so steep that I had to side step up the hill. The weather was gorgeous except for some gusts of heavy winds. But, NO rain. Then during  one very steep forest climb, the foresters blocked about 200 feet of the path with newly cut tree branches—couldn’t go around because it was too steep and I didn’t want to go back. So thanks to Pam (fellow mission walker), I invoked her mantra: “Suck it up, buttercup.” And 30 min later I made it through and without a fall. Interestingly, as I came out of this section there was a “Forbidden Entry Sign due to forestry activities,” but not when I entered at the bottom of the hill. Oh well.

Still gorgeous scenery. Am now at 4503 feet and the snow is still a bit higher.

The quad picture just shows a sampling of the types of trails. And, of course, there’s the “Do not enter” sign.


  1. Belle Cook — 04-30-2018 at 10:10 am


  2. Gerhard Treiber — 05-01-2018 at 2:28 am

    Hallo Kurt,
    falls Du am Kalterer See vorbeikommst trink dort zwei Viertel Rotwein; eines für Dich und eines für mich.
    Buen Camino

  3. Kurt Buckley — 05-02-2018 at 6:28 am

    Mach ich—prosit!

  4. Joyce Summers — 05-02-2018 at 12:29 pm

    All kinds of trails and some challenges along the way already. I love Pam’s mantra which focuses you on the obstacle and gives you time to think it through, then proceed with determination. Good job, Kurt!

  5. Joanne López-Rojas — 05-15-2018 at 8:21 am

    BEST mantra ever! Fits just about any situation.. right?❤️