Tane turned up on Thursday evening for a few days before he heads down to Italy. Today we decided to stretch our legs and took the train to Immenstadt in the morning. After a quick fuel stop (hot chocolate, quark mandarin cake thing, and a chocolate croissant, yum) we headed up the valley from Immenstadt along the Nagelfluhkette/Panoramaweg following a very similar route to the Immenstadt Gebirgsmarathon.
We sweated along for a few hours, climbing and dropping again. The ridge is very narrow in places with good views down into the valley. Eventually we reached the gondola station on Hochgrat and stopped for germknödel, yum yum. The weather snapped from warm to cold-and-windy and we decided to take the gondola down. Unfortunately due to the wind they stopped the gondola and we had to wait an hour or so for a window of less wind before being sent down.
Above left: We set off from Immenstadt after stuffing our faces with delicious goodies from the bakery. Above middle: We headed up the valley and over a number of peaks including Stuiben here. Above right: When it was flat enough we ran.
Above left: Tane did some reading along the way. Above middle: Cris did some posing. Above right: Sometimes we thought we were in Nepal.
Above: The weather turned rubbish and we took the gondola down from Hochgrat. We decided against the German cuisine. There was something wrong with their advertising campaign.
Nagelfluhkette run: Moving time: 3:00:28 Dst: 16.6 km Ascent: 1838 m
Brendan, Andreas, and I met in Allgäu for the weekend. We stayed with the lovely Katha who kindly hosted three rowdy boys. We headed out with Katha and some of her friends on Friday night. On Saturday we headed off to Wertach, hired some touring skis and toured up Wertacherhörnle. The weather was delicious, the snow was fluffy, sunshine and lollipop were everywhere. There was, however, not a lot of the fluffy stuff and suspicious patches of grass could be seen in some places. From the summit we had a tasty descent into a little basin before skinning back up to the summit and descending back down the mountain, stopping briefly at a little hut for some suppage. We dined in with Katha in the evening. She had to work again on Sunday so we headed to Tannheimer Tal for a day of skiing on the piste and in the powder off it. We found a hundred different ways to descend through the forest. Andreas had told us how he hadn’t skied for 15 years but it seemed he hadn’t forgotten. We carved down nice powdery slopes through the trees. Back to Freiburg in the evening.
Abpve left: Andy heads up through the forest towards Wertacherhörnle. Above right: The weather was fantastic. Blue skies and sun. Brendan does some trekking in short sleeves.
Above left: View looking up towards the summit. Above right: We cruised along the ridge to the real summit complete with gipfelkreuz.
I headed over to Allgaeu on Thursday. By leaving on Thursday I made use of one of the finest German inventions, i.e., the Bruecken Tag. That’s the day that falls between a public holiday and the weekend. Fine German engineering that is…
I met Katha in Kempten and cycled up to a little BBQ spot just out of town where we BBQed with her friends before moving to a little hut in the forest that they had rented. We had a bon fire in the evening and spent the time chatting and listening to fine chilled trance and house sounds.
On Saturday afternoon I cruised off to Untermaiselstein and caught up with Deidre there.
Sunday was spent cycling. I headed off and rode the same route that Frauke and I rode a couple of years ago, Nesselwang, Pfronten, Reute, Tannheimertal, Oberjoch etc. It was very nice weather for riding. A good ride.
In the evening it was back to catch up with Katha at the hut. We celebrated her Birthday at midnight and I crawled under a table to sleep in the not so wee hours of the morning. At 8 am it was off to catch a train back to Freiburg. I rode through Kempten and had a nice ride down to Wangen, which although is named Wangen in Allgaeu is in Baden Wuertemburg and therefore the Baden Wuertemburg all-you-can-eat train ticket is valid there. Whoope.
A train ride back to Freiburg followed by a nice mountain bike ride with Leonie up to Rosskopf and then around the back and down and out near Gundelfingen.
Above: At the hut in the Kempten Forest.
Above: Riding in Austria.