Bounding about BodenSchneid

Bounding about BodenSchneid

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It was a cold and misty morning…

Well actually, yes literally it was rather chilly and foggy the saturday my friend Franz and I popped down to a small trail near Tegernsee. Our previous plans for the morning had been altered and we had spontaneously decided to open the AlpenVereins App and choose a hike to go on. BodenSchneid won. It said it was a medium difficulty with a moderate steep incline. Which to us seemed not so tricky a task.

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The start was a lovely autumn stroll. The gorgeous colours of fall flew through the air and littered the pathways. Small babbling brooks grew into roaring rivers and guided us towards the mountain.

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As we began to enter the woods it seemed like a fairytale. Tall thin trees wearing moss at their bases with smalll cozy benches beckoning us to soak up the scenery

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A little further along the trail the trees had collapsed and transformed themselves into bridges underwhich we carried forth. It reminded me a bit of a story board map.

First we must pass through the woods, underneath the arches,

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over the viaduct and then we will change course at

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an old cutters cabin where the heart of the forest meets the slope of the outstretched mountain side.

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Instantanously landscape shifted, and the forest dissolved ever so slighlty to show us a glimpse of the neighboring mountain faces.

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The final flight up the mountain was caked with mud and achingly inclined. We had taken advantage of the start and were rewarded with a shocking suprise. But like all good adventures, once we reached the end we were walking on air.

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The view from the peak was gracious. The mountain ridges stretched out as far as the eye could see. Colourful valleys lit up bellow us in the fall spectrum, and the lake gave us a glimpse from around the bend.

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We stopped briefly for a break, but with the stark wind chilling our bodies we hastily packed up and descented down into the valley.

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The way was straightforward and smooth.

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Luckily for us, we discovered we had taken the trip backwards. It was a 13,5 km circle up and down the mountain. Our declined turned out to be a delicate 5km nature walk

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The forest was alive with the playful prismatic palettes of fall

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The locals were not as enthused as I was, but quite charming as well

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Down a long narrow road, the tour carried on for what felt like ages

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I suppose it always feels that way though.

You enter an adventure with so much excitement and energy, but after a good five hours the mud, sweat and scenery begin to wear you down. You arrive at your starting point again full of fresh air and experience more than ready to head home to bed, where  you dream of a further future feat.

 

 

 

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…