Hirschhörnlkopf

Winter hike season is here! Martina + Michael are the perfect match for today’s tour up to the Hirschhörnlkopf, a peak as charming as un-pronounceable for anyone from abroad (outside Bavaria).

Our last common Tour has been up to the Stromboli – Perfect Hiking Buddy Martina

The hazy weather enfolds an almost mystic atmosphere in the forest. Great to be out here, despite the cold! Lucky may be those that get heated up along the way…

Is it hot in here or is it us??

The view into the Alps might be worth a look, but not today. Instead, we listen to the sound of snow crunching under our feet.

The View. The Cloud. Mittendrin statt nur dabei.

We approach the cross just in time to witness the clouds clear up for about 30 seconds.

Hikingthealps; Hiking the Alps; Wanderlust
Yay to Peaks

There is hardly enough time for pictures, Gipfelsemmel and a glance on distant peaks before the clouds settle in again and leave us cold-handed.

-1°C on Hirschhörnlkopf

Michael detects a romantic = deserted path down, leading us through frozen air and fresh snow. Along the way, we find out how to solve bad hair days: it only takes some white frost to present a splendid hairstyle.

Frosty

The descent via Kotalm (who invents those crazy names??) turns our hike into a circuit and invites us to a second pause with tea and sweets.

Break at the Kotalm

And: with the first handstand trial since… since March 2020! Despite the lack of training, I manage to hold the pose for a full second, proudly presenting my Grödel (crampons).

Hiking the Alps; Handstand; hikingthealps
Back to Handstands!

Further down, we cross several streams and icy paths. The picture below shows the latter – did I mention the useful crampons? Natural born chamois might do without, but I only started hiking in my late youth (13 years ago) and appreciate the perfect grip on snow and ice.

Icy Paths

After 4,5 hours we get back to the parking at Jachenau and congratulate ourselves to this wonderful winter tour. Next weekend might be best for a ski tour, yet today’s hike was as charming as a winter day can be.

750m altit. differenceca. 10km>4hharmless