We left Munich as a group of four. Der Wanderbär, Aspen and two very unpunctual GerMEN. The drive was around one and half hours give or take, reletively quick and wonderful as is most distances in Bavaria.
We arrived in Walchensee around 9am ( I know I know, incredulously late for a planned saturday hike, but well blame those boys).
The base of the mountain was a lovely autumn wonderland
The trees exploded with all and every colour of fall. Everything was golden in the sunlight and lit up with hints of fiery red and cool blends of green. It smelled of fresh rain and the trickling of the river could be heard over the crisp wispering of wind through the trees.
A few kilometres, a couple photographs
and twenty minutes went by and we had started to curve into the mountain and the lake bellow us peeked through the trees in the pass.
The fog was rising up to touch the clouds then around the corner we saw it wasn’t just conections of accumulated moisture meeting but a touch of the seasons as well.
We kept forward into the winter wilderness, the snow began to accumulate. At first a light dusting on the treetops, and then a collective on the forest floor.
Now mind you, when it comes to hiking I am like a blissful small child. I run, I skip I hop and jump in everything. I mentioned previously this hike was around six hours, however kindly take that with a grain of salt as as soon as we found snow I was prancing about like a kitten in a meadow. Many a snowballs were thrown and I was laughing like a loon for a solid hour with absolutely no regrets. I cannot begin to express how happy the mountains make me. The fresh air, the stillness of the forest, the calming feeling nature gives you wrapped in with all those endorphins from climbing are all I truly crave.
However, enough about my alp amour, onward to the trail!
The snow was now in heaps, so we stomped and gripped as we continued on
Soon we had reached the top. We walked through the clouds and into the warm sunshine. The mountains all around us suddenly stould out at eye level. Not a shadow on them, but clear and cornered for all their magnificience to be taken in.
I was completely over joyed and about to twirl around the finish line,when I was casually disclosed to that we had not made our desination…