Dear Christine, you may be hobbling at home with a broken
today you dodged foot but bullet. Getting off the plane yesterday in Innsbruck after weeks at in Brighton and then climbing 2500m on a hot day was a big ask and yes I suffered. You were worried about this first day and rightly so. slobbing is the a very friendly Glungezer it's also the highest one on the whole hut but route, has no running water and I'm sleeping in a packed dorm. Munich Venice
|Catch the lift idiot!|
The red German language Rother G
uide, which all the Germans use on the Munich V enice route recommends taking a bus and a chair lift and avoiding most of the climb. Although this seems a cop out, having done can see its sense. It's hard work and the route they recommend doesn't help. There is road walking at the beginning and a horrible stretch along the side of it I (must be a black run). What's worse is the chair lift, the one very steep piste supposed to take, runs your the along side . It's packed with walkers staring bemusedly down at the only person making the climb. piste
|Looking back to the Karwendel|
Still the weather has been brilliant, sunny but with just enough breeze to clear the air and make the walking tolerable. The views to the north are dominated by the Inn Valley with Innsbruck, Hall and Wattens nestling in the bottom. On its other side is the great white wall of the Karwendel. Once I got over 2000m I could make out the Birkkarspitz sitting right in the middle. It's the highest mountain in the Karwendel and we climbed it on a beautiful day last year.
|Hat decorated with alpine plants|
|A little 'snifter'|
Christine you will be pleased to know that I stopped for lunch. The traditional Alm was packed with walkers dropped there by the chair lift and, in the Austrian style, they were enjoying the sun, beer and some stronger stuff. In the mayhem my order of noodles
wurst and mit apalshaft soda was ignored and I was left to melt in the sun. Eventually some Austrians took up my case and I was rewarded with my order and a massive glass of potent smelling clear liquid which I stupidly drank. It didn't help the last 600m of climb which were now the toughest part of the day. mit
I arrived at Glungezer at just before 5 and for a time thought I had it almost to myself.
Wrong of by 6 it was packed. Dinner is at 6-30, lights out at 9-30 and breakfast at 6-30. Despite the fact that they have no water for washing the food was amazing courtesy, as is often the case, of a chef from Kathmandu. To be course and can't wait to get to bed, I sure I'll sleep which is more than I can say for my German honest I who is a little too close for his comfort.