Journal of Alpine Research / Revue de géographie alpine

A Harmonic Trail in the Alps

This paper describes the characteristics of a work located in the Alps, on the Rittner Horn (see fig. 1), at about 2000 m of altitude, a work that aims at suggesting a contemplative relation between body movement and the mountainous environment, based on a diversified rhythmicity. The term ‘harmonic’ does not refer to the conventional notion of musical harmony (no sounds are involved), but to the ancient discipline of harmonics, as we will see later. The area is above the timber line, the chosen path offers a wide and constant panorama, has a gentle slope, an appropriate length (860 m) and an attractive flora. Furthermore, it does not cross pasture ground. Fig. 1. The Rittner Horn area. Sarntaler Alpen. Scale 1:25000. KOMPASS 056. KOMPASS-Karten GmbH, Rum/Inssbruck. The Rittner Horn is more or less in the center of the Autonome Provinz Bozen-Südtirol, Italy’s northernmost province (see fig. 2 http://gis2.provinz.bz.it/geobrowser/?project=geobrowser_pro&view=geobrowser_pro_atlas-b&loca...

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