A little mission up Schattenberg

I went for a little mission up Schattenberg this afternoon. I had a bit of difficulty finding the track due to navigational issues but eventually found it and headed along the slippery route. Of course I left too late so I had to turn around when it started getting dark. Half an hour before dark I headed down in the rainy dusk.

Schattenberg is a peak of some 1800 m at the south east side of Oberstdorf. It was taunting me all yesterday as I sat inside coding. I could see a little cross about 400 m below the summit and decided I should investigate it at some point. I didn’t quite get to the cross. My altimeter thought I was at 1440 m when I turned around. Next time!

Schattenberg map where I think I went (Oberstdorf, Germany) resize

Above: A map showing Schattenberg in relation to Oberstdorf (top left hand corner). The red line is the route I think I took and the dotted black line is the route I should have taken. I got a bit confused as the vegetation boundary didn’t show up on my camera in the photo I had taken of the map. The black line presumably showing some sort of lift didn’t seem to exist either and I assumed it was to my left as I climbed. I surmised that if I went straight up I would eventually hit the track. I realised something wasn’t quite right and started sidling around the mountain trying to follow the contours until I eventual hit the track under a bluff. The zig-zagging of the red line is me trying to use my netbooks little touch pad… I only walk in straight lines.

Cris on mission at dusk (Oberstdorf, Germany) resize Getting dark (Oberstdorf, Germany) resize

Above left: Me with headlamp descending back down towards Oberstdorf. Above right: The forest gets darker.

2 thoughts on “A little mission up Schattenberg

  1. Cris, I’m the friend of your dad’s who came to visit over Christmas, 2002, I think it was–a very special visit for all of us. I’ve lost David’s email and very much want to contact him. Can you put me in touch with him please?

    I’m meeting up with Corey and his GF Tracy in India in February. They are in Thailand for 3 months before meeting me in Delhi. I’m reaching out to anyone I know who’s traveled in N. India for advice and recommendations.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Amanda,

    Sorry for such a late reply. I sent dad your email address so he should have got in touch by now. I really enjoyed meeting you and your family and perhaps we’ll see you back in NZ again or in the States.

    Take care,


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