Backpacking through the black forest.


Stani's walk on the wild side

Our friend walked the Westweg from Germany to Switzerland, crossing the length of the black forest, with his DIY hiking trailer in tow.

Stani Holzmeier and his custom build hiking trailer.
A handmade map of the Westweg/Ostweg with funny notes and scribbles.
The black forest

His adventure story begins like this: Once upon a time Dr. Stani Frankenstein disappeared into the deep of his underground workshop. Down there his creative juices could flow freely.

Stani builds a thing on his workbench.
Stani builds a hiking trailer in his workshop.

For months he was busy building, and when he finally resurfaced, he had created the ferocious monster wagon.

Stani tests the prototype of the hiking trailer.
The custom build hiking trailer is finished.

The load-bearing capacity and off-road mobility of the first prototype was heavily tested out in the field. After a little tinkering the trailer was ready to go.

The heavy loaded hiking trailer.
Stani Holzmeier and his custom build hiking trailer in action.

On the tour the trolley carried everything but the kitchen sink and afforded Stani the little luxuries other hikers have to do without.

Brotzeit - a hearty backpacking lunch.
A backpacker's solar power station.

Most days the walk was calm and serene, and Stani could relax and enjoy the scenery.

A lush forest and a mountain view.
Stani relaxing in the sun.
The beautiful black forest West Trail.
A German tavern in the black forest mountains.

Other times Stani came face to face with the hazards of the German wilderness.

A sign that says: Not drinkable water.
Filled water bottles.

Like the age-old question: To drink or not to drink?

Saving the backpack from perky rats and critters by hanging it up in a tree.
Danger from flying golf balls.
A pile of stacked wood.
An old kids bike lost in the woods.

He also saw himself confronted with perky rats, nuclear fuel rods, low flying golf balls and reckless drivers. Stani prevailed and walked away unscathed.

A warning sign that says: Beware of the bull.
A bull grazing on a meadow.
A big bull smiling at the camera.

Stani loves flirting with danger and as he looked into the wild and the wild gazed into him, he learned to adapt and to become one with his natural surroundings.

A road in the town of Schenkenzell and one blue dustbin.
Lots of blue dustbins along the road.
Smurf on tour. Stani and his blue sweater match the garbage cans.

Stani and his loyal wagon became a tight-knit team and together they conquered the manifold obstacles of the trail.

Rough terrain on the West Trail.
Path covered with roots.
Old overgrown railroad tracks.

Except for small upgrades and one flat tire, the brave trailer survived the ordeal without any damage or repair. Unfortunately the same can not be said about Stani's feet.

An upgrade for the DIY hiking trailer.
Lots of blisters on a foot.

Despite many hardships, Stani pushed on and was rewarded with the beauty of the black forest.

Looking down on the town of Forbach.
A tall railroad bridge.
A black forest stream.

Every evening Stani had to find a place to camp. Most nights he slept in a tent amongst the forest critters. Occasionally he treated himself with the comforts of a hotel room.

Wild camping at a lake.
Nemo Hornet 1-person tent in action.
Spending one night in a hotel room.
Stani blowing a good morning kiss while looking out of the tent.
Wild camping in the woods.
Making a campfire in the woods.
Tent on a green hill.

With the changing of seasons the weather turned rainy. Stani got wet and transformed into a bright yellow gremlin. Just to be on the save side I suggest we never feed him after midnight.

Stani hiking in bright yellow rain gear.

Setting one foot in front of the other the brave walked on and after covering hundreds of kilometers Stani and the wonder wagon reached the southern frontier. On a dull autumn day they crossed the border and had made it to Switzerland at last.

Country road in Switzerland.

On the last night of his adventure Stani pitched his tent high above the rhine falls and fell asleep with a spectacular view.

Camping above the rhine falls.
The rapids of the rhine falls.

The next morning, as he woke to the roaring of the restless thundering masses, he had completed his journey. Stani packed his things, and after one last glance at the wild, headed back into the bustling city.

Stani Holzmeier - The Brave

We look forward to the next adventure of our hero.


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