At last.

A mountain!

For various reasons I haven’t been out climbing at all this year, apart from lovely hike in the Lomonds (which I can see from the end of the street) in January.

cold, but beautiful

cold, but beautiful

It was great to get a real climb done at the end of June. Wank, just on the eastern edge of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Bavarian Alps.

unfortunate name

unfortunate name

Easily accessible as it’s autobahn almost all the way. Munich is a potential problem to pass through, but we’d chosen a very quiet Sunday during school holidays. About 2.5 hours in each direction, at a steady 100mph on the autobahn.

Olympic ski jump (1936)

Olympic ski jump (1936)

Unfortunately we’d also chosen the hottest day of the year so far. 31°c in the middle of the day.

wonderful

wonderful

You have to watch the weather forecast in the days leading up to a planned climb, so we knew what to expect, and began our hike at 8.30am. That meant a 5.30am departure. Ouch! It was all worth it.

on way up

on way up

Beautiful scenery. An excellent lunch (with beer) at the Hütte on the summit.

lunch with a view

lunch with a view

I’m hoping to get back to the Alps in August, and to manage a couple of Scottish hills before then.

© iain taylor, 2014

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