From a mountain guide to a nature editor, here are the four judges who took on the tricky task of filtering more than 20 long-distance hikes down into just six Great Walks.
Born in Hall in Tirol, Irene rapp is the nature and alpine editor with the largest regional newspaper: the Tiroler Tageszeitung. Her role covers everything from ski touring in winter to hiking in summer. She can be found out and about in the mountains in all seasons, including on some of the region's toughest hikes…Go to hike
Born and raised in Innsbruck, Ambros Gasser is the head of the Alpinschule Innsbruck, ASI Reisen. This family-run company established in 1963 is one of the leading providers of outdoor adventure holidays around the globe. Ambros is a qualified hiking guide himself and spends as much time as possible in the mountains,…Go to hike
As a fully qualified mountain guide, Mike Rutter spends a lot of time in the Alps. He knows the Eagle Walk particularly well as he was involved in planning it. He also provides detailed information to hikers via the "Alpine Auskunft" service run by the Austrian Alpine Club.Go to hike
Head of the Department of Huts, Trails and Cartography at the Austrian Alpine Club, Peter Kapelari is responsible for 26,000km of walking and hiking trails and 232 mountain huts in Austria. He has been personally involved in creating numerous long-distance trekking routes and knows his home region of Tirol better than…Go to hike