Blog Posts in Category: Walking

Entschenkopf

With an easing of restrictions we were able to head somewhere with more than two households in the car, which was a very nice change. After some changes in the group size, and a few changes in objective, we settled on the Entschenkopf. We chose the route as it was relatively low for the Allgäu, which hopefully meant that it would be snow free, but the route looked like an excellent ridge and there was even a lake on the descent to cool off in. After getting to the car park just in time to get one of the last few parking spaces, we headed off up the Gaisalpbach, which was a beautiful gorge full of waterfalls and walkways. Unfortunately as we left the gorge the woods started thin out and we increasingly spent more time ascending in the sun, which was very hot! We were soon at the top off the tree line, and the start of the ascent up to the Entschenkopf ridge. This was very hot, but the views were beautiful, if very hazy. There was also a large assortment of beautiful alpine flowers, which framed the. Read the full article…

Aggenstein

I was certainly not happy with my 5:30 alarm after a late night the previous night due to watching sunset from the Jochberg after work, however we knew that the best of the weather was in the morning and due to heading to the Allgäu we had a longer than usual drive. We had decided to continue to make the most of being allowed into Austria, as while the start, finish and peak were all in Germany, the last part of the ascent was firmly in Austria, and more importantly so was the pre summit Hütte. The start of the walk was beautiful, and fairly relaxing as the lift station was not at the bottom of the steep ascent, so we enjoyed the warm up walking through the alpine meadows filled with spring flowers. However we were soon in the woods, and slogging up the ascent, which after the previous nights fast ascent of Jochberg certainly felt harder than it should have. We enjoyed some food at a brief clearing before heading up the steep slopes towards the Bad Kissinger Hütte. We stopped for a well earned drink at the. Read the full article…

Kohlbergspitze

With a good forecast for the day Rob and I headed back to Austria to enjoy our access to the bigger mountains. While we wanted to enjoy the bigger mountains, we had to be careful not to head too high due to the amount of snow. We elected to do the Kohlbergspitze which is between Bichlbach and the Plansee. This was the weekend where I have switched from my winter boots to trainers, and I really hope I don’t need to go back, it was so much more enjoyable being out in soft, light trainers! The route we decided to do was a round tour, which went up a scramble which we hoped would be ok with the snow. As it was south facing and it looked OK from the valley, we decided to go for it. The ascent out of the valley was brutal, between leaving the main valley path and getting to the summit there was 1150m of ascent in 4km! We made good time up the path in the woods and soon separated from the main track. As we walked along and ascended above the treeline the. Read the full article…

Hinteres Hörnle

The weather forecast for this weekend changed every day last week, one day it was sunny, the next raining, then sunny again, but it generally settled on not very good, but possibly dry. We elected to stay as far north as possible in the hope that the edge of the mountains had the better weather, and based on the views this seemed like a good decision. We decided to head back to Hinteres Hörnle, which I skied earlier this year with Helen. On our walk up it became apparent that we could not do our planned descent due to closures due to logging, however as it turned out this meant we did a far nicer loop. The ascent was fairly steep up in the woods, however it was fascinating seeing the incredibly bright green spring leaves, especially with the contrast against the evergreen trees. As we emerged above the treeline it was clear that we had made a good decision to stay north, as there was lots of cloud about, and it was very hazy. We made good time up to the summit, briefly enjoyed the view and then quickly. Read the full article…