Roaming Rotwand

Roaming Rotwand

Spring has sprung,

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and the time for hiking as begun

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All ryhming aside, I am seriously so happy the weather is becoming more- not yet perfectttt- acceptable for hiking!

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This past weekend we headed up to Rotwand.

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A cozy little hike around the Schliersee area.

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We had the brilliant idea to get up at 4am to hike up for sunrise…however unfortunately some clouds rolled in to hide the morning lights

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nevertheless we trekked up and had a terrific time

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This hike in particular is really great for beginnners..or exaughsted 5am hikers

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It has smooth, straight forward paths, moderate to booty building inclines and some great break spots

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its around 2 hours, of which you will encounter some great views

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and adorable architechture

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On your way to the top youll first stop by the Rotwandhaus

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perfect place for a little pause, some soup or of course my favourite- a post hike weißbier

..but back to the hike! so once you pass the Rotwandhaus youve got about 30 minutes more until you reach the mountain peak

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This one I find particularly cool, as it shows a compass of all the surrounding mountains

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and did I even get to mention the snow??

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ok ok it wasnt much and it was rather icy, but still pretty exciting when we reached the top and the weather was once again all fabulous and chilly

 

Id give it a 10/10 for fun and do-ability. Its a great hike for beginners and an even better hike for those looking for some 4am sports that wont leave them completely dead tired

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Playing around PĂźrschling

Playing around PĂźrschling

The snow season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than…

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Sledding!!

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I had to accept a kid sled because the adult one was too big for me ):

..and hiking!

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Luckily here in Bavaria they really know how to enjoy the wintery months, and have ways for everyone to do it. If your like me and have never skiied before and dont quite have the time, sledding or rodeln is the best way to enjoy sliding around in the snow without getting too messy.

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This past weekend we headed over to Unterammergau where the PĂźrschling trail is

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A great year round hike, that just so happens to be a great ski spot in the winter with a superb sledding path. ( you hike up and sled all the way down, how fun is that?!)

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We didnt have our own sleds,but luckily when we stopped for a prep coffee

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in the worlds cutest gasthaus,

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they were renting them out and our day was made.

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So with  a little extra pep in our step and stomped up that mountain

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and let me tell youu, it was an absolutely gorgeous hike.

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Fozen rivers lining the trail, fellow sledders speeding down the hill, giggling the whole way

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the sun was warm on our cheeks as the cold our nipped  our noses

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Now I must admit, we didnt quite make it to the top- after 3,5 km uphill in the shin deep snow the fun had turned to some serious work and we were ready for play

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Der alte Rodeln bär

so WOOOSHHH we headed down down down the slippery mountain face.

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ice ice baby

Ending up at the bottom soaking wet ( next time definitly bring snow pants) hands frozen but overal bursting with bliss. We then decided to quickly get warmed up with some scrumptious  steamy soup and a well  deserved alcohol free weißbier

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Pro tip: Always end with soup

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Heimgarten to Herzogstand

Heimgarten to Herzogstand

As I sat there on the peak of the mountain trail, drawing  in the cold burning air, gazing into the great grandeur

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my chest began to swell with pride. Look at me, look what I did. My legs are cramping and my new hiking boots have crumbled my toes  but I made it.  …or it did until mister Wanderbär told me that before we could break we still had to cross another 2 1/2 hour pass.

My heart quickly sank, my tummy grumbled and I skipped down the snow path and tried to find a good view to bring it back up.

 

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Not too hard a task to accomplish

Now this next part my dear friends, I must admit was bananas. I am not your super wanderbär, still a newbie. And these treacherous little trails way up high in the slippery icy, cold side of the mountain did give me a fright.

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We continued directly ahead onto the ridge

Straight ahead and onward was where we were bound. Around the curves and into the shadows it was shivery and sleeted. We scaled the mountain twists with both hands firmly grasping  wire rails bolted into the mountain side. My hands were blue and chilled as I ascented and prepared to crawl up the next slope.

It is  amazing how one side of the mountain is so warm with vegetation and wildlife when right around the corner the other side is shadowed as well as completely underneath piles of snow.

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Every so often I would pause and gaze out into the sky. Admire the shadows cast upon the land by the lowering clouds, the reflections on the lake and the miraculous gentle change of seasons right in front of my eyes. My stomach would knot up as  I crawled on my hands up the iced paths, but once and top I would feel an all over calming sense of relief.

As the quote from Sir Edmund Hillary goes, ” It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”.  I am a full on sucker for cliche quotes about life but truly this one hits the nail on the head. I run distance events to challenge my mind, I began hiking to challenge body and mind. And in turn I find I am always fully rewarded.

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Perhaps one of my favourite tours so far this fall

All in all it was around six hours and 10 Kilometres. Too warm, too cold, so many blisters and completely exaughsting, but incredible. The ending was a bit of a fright which was altogether cured by a stunning view and alcohol free weißbier.

 

Home to Heimgarten

Home to Heimgarten

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). fullsizerender-4

The base of the mountain was a lovely autumn wonderland

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…