Noone knows this better than Clara Tippelt. She left the stresses of city life behind for a simpler life in the mountains. Her alpine lodge, Boscheben, sits high on the Patscherkofel, Innsbruck’s local mountain. Below her little hut, surrounded by pasture, inky forest sweeps to the valley below. All around, craggy summits appear and disappear in the swirling mists, then the sky clears and it feels you could reach out and touch them.
“In the city you are always wondering what’s next. I used to think about the future too much rather than tell myself everything will be fine; everything happens for a reason. And I actually learned that again here.”
Here at the hut, Clara lives in the moment. The mountains ground her. Her day is focused on satisfying the needs of her customers.
“They are hungry, they are thirsty. You cater for them, and they are happy.”
Clara is not fazed by the hut’s isolation and the sense of space – mountains rippling out to Germany in one direction and Italy in the other. She thrives on it. The moments when the workday is done and she’s left alone are the ones she consciously enjoys. Gazing out across the valley, she feels the peace and permanence of the Austrian Alps.
The simple things become beautiful again. Like watching the sun rising gently over the peaks each morning. And cooking and serving wholesome mountain food – homemade cakes, cheese dumplings, lentil soup and Brettljause, a cold meat and cheese platter.