2. January 2017

About us

What is the aim of whatsalp?

In 2017 – exactly 25 years after TransALPedes – once again a core group will travel from Vienna to Nice through the Alps. Changes in the landscape and society between then and now will be documented and discussed with stakeholders, looking at scenarios from before and for the future. whatsalp is a long-distance hike, which will undertake intensive research whilst on foot.

As well as this, along the route there will be site meetings with interested individuals, groups and institutions. Through the whatsalp internet blog, the core group and the co-hikers will communicate daily, over what they see, hear and experienced. The focus will be on short texts, short films and photos. The International Commission for the Protection of the Alps CIPRA is taking part in whatsalp with the youth Project whatsalp youth.


The whatsalp core group:

ist Geograph und Raumplaner und arbeitete bis zu seiner Pensionierung selbständig. Er war Teil der Kerngruppe 1992.

    Gerhard Stüzlinger

    is a landscape ecologist and worked for a long time in the NGO sector. Today, he is vice president of the CIPRA International

      Christian Baumgartner

      is a Geographer and works for the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW in Switzerland. He was part of TransALPedes in 1992

        Harry Spiess

        a landscape planner and geographer who works at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil in Switzerland. He was part of TransALPedes 1992

          Dominik Siegrist








          This was the name of a journalistic-political project in 1992, which attracted wide public attention. It was formed by a core group of eight specialists and media workers, as well as changing groups of interested parties who accompanied them, together they crossed the Alpine region in four months.

          A total of 800 people were actively involved in this international networking project. Through more than 100 encounters TransALPedes got to know committed individuals, groups and authorities who oppose more growth and mobility and are engaged in the protection and long term development of the alpine living space.

          Cover Alpengluehn

          Link to book(350 MB)



          Accompaning film : Der Lange Marsch (in German language, 1993)

          Video kindly provided by Videoladen Zürich

          TV story 08.07.1992 – Crazy Mobility


          TV story 05.08.1992 – Hurt Mountains


          TV story 05.08.1992 – Madris and energy production


          TV stories made available by the Schweizer Fernsehen