Take A Hike: A Monthly Guide to Volksmarching in Your Area

by Donald Seltzer
Contributing writer

Volksmarching Notes
» Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an e-mail to volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Getting started.”

» The calendar for volksmarching in Germany, Terminliste 2012, is now available for €2.50 in the start hall at most events. This useful booklet lists dates, locations, points of contact and other information for each of the scheduled events in Germany. Also provided is an extensive list of permanent trails. Look for the international edition of the IVV calendar to be available soon.

» Readers are asked to pick up extra event brochures and to mail them via MPS to
Donald Seltzer, CMR 467 Box 5533, APO AE 09096.

» The postal code is included in the listings below for those readers using navigation devices to reach an event.

» Look for additional event choices at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/hunion/Takeahike.htm.

» Thanks goes out to Christopher and Ann McGorrian, Richard and Donna Glenn, and Pat Patterson for sending brochures that help keep readers informed of upcoming volksmarching events.

» Readers participating in French volksmarch events are reminded to bring their passports in case of a border check.

Saturday and Sunday
Limburg an der Lahn (65549) — This walk is found in Limburg proper and offers old city wandering on Saturday. Use autobahn A3 toward Köln and exit at Limburg-Nord. Cross the Lahnbrücke and turn right at the second street. IVV directional signs will be posted.
Start: Markthalle on Ste-Foy-Straße
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to noon (6, 11 and 20 km) and noon to 3 p.m. (11 km Altstadtwanderung)
Sunday: 7:30 to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods
Award: From previous events

Weekend of Jan. 21 and 22
Kappel (55483) — This event is in the scenic Hunsrück region west of Bingen, not far from Hahn airport. From Bingen, use autobahn A61 and the Rheinböllen exit. Take B-50 toward Simmern and Kirchberg, then use B-421 to reach Kappel.
Start: Gemeindehalle
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km)
Trail: Somewhat hilly trails, fields and woods
Award: From previous events

Menchhoffen, France (67340) — This event is south of Bitche and west of Haguenau. It’ll require a fair amount of driving but there are a number of scenic roads and it should make for a pleasant time. From the KMC, use autobahns A6 and A8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim to take B-424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Connect with N62 toward Haguenau. At Niederbronn-les-Bains, take D28 to Ingwiller via Zinswiller and Rothbach. Pick up D919 leading to Menchhoffen and the start.
Start: Salle polyvalente on Route d’Uttwiller
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km)
Trail: Unknown
Award: None

Weekend of Jan. 28 and 29
Seibersbach (55444) — This event is west of Bingen and adjacent to the scenic Hunsrück region. The town and its walk are easily reached. Use autobahn A61 toward Koblenz and exit at Stromberg. Follow an unnumbered road 4 to
5 miles in the direction of Rheinböllen then pick up the road to Seibersbach.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus on Soonwaldstraße
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km)
Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods
Award: From previous events

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