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Shorts in Alps in September?

I am doing the Alpine Tour this month of September. I am attempting to pack light. Do I really need to pack any shorts? I plan to do short, day hikes.

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Probably not. The high in Murren in the next 10 days is 66 with a low of 45. We were there in mid July and we got a bit hot one day where the high was mid 70s. I think it’s because you are at such high altitude and literally closer to the sun, the mid 70s felt much warmer than I expected it to. I believe I had on below the knee capris and a short sleeve shirt with a windbreaker and I ended up tying the windbreaker around my waist the whole time. You could always go to Amazon or similar and order those pants that zip at the knees to convert to shorts. They are very thin and packable. My husband got some to wear for the Vatican so he could wear pants in church and I want to say they were only like $25. High Sierra brand.

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Hi. I would guess not. I did this tour in July and did not have shorts. I also watch a great webcam set in Innichen which is closest to Bolzano on your tour. Shorts were plentiful through Labor Day, as were children and teens. Looked like vacationers on the cams. After Labor Day, not so many folks and especially not so many kids. I know this is a US holiday, but it could be school starts at similar times (end August, beginning Sept). You may enjoy looking at this. It is raining today and darker than usual, but if you watch for a day or so, you will get an idea of weather and dress.

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I wear shorts in all weather conditions. I like it. I weigh the prevailing conditions, forecasts, locations, and ability to escape seriously uncomfortable or even dangerous weather situations. On RS tours, I can get usually inside a structure or bail to the bus but I’ve always got my backpack which is holding a pair of rain pants.

“Hiking” can mean many different things but I usually hike established trails in shorts. If you like wearing shorts, you’re not going to care a fig for what the fashionistas around here think so you might think about getting a pair of convertibles.

But your question was, “Do i really need to pack any shorts?” The answer to that is , “Not at all.”

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@Kelly - yeah, I am addicted. Today people are wearing puffer jackets!

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I would bring a pair of light weight pants that could roll up into capris. I’d also bring leggings. That way I could deal with any temperature. If it gets really cold then put the leggings under the pants.