Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A little over two weeks ago, I woke up one morning and saw the mountains (not even very high up) covered in snow. It was the day after I finished my internship and we decided to do a little snow-hiking. It was freezing, in my running shoes (I really should invest in a pair of hiking boots) and tights, but so much fun. We hiked/ climbed through the low-laying clouds and had beautiful, clear skies at the top of the mountain. We ate potato bread and speck and shared a flask of tea at the peak, and belly-slid down.
Last weekend a group of us decided to spend a night on top of a mountain. I went on a solo hike earlier that week and had the perfect spot in mind. The hike up was significantly harder with our big packs, and at one point one friend and I decided to take a vertical 'short cut' instead of walking up the long winding road around the mountain. Climbing with a big backpack was interesting (/dangerous) to say the least and we got more than a few strange looks from other hikers who could see us from below, but we made it to the top first...ha. Our plan was to make a few tents out of tarpaulins and ropes, but when the ex scout/ engineers students in the group saw freshly cut logs, they felt inspired to build a full-on shelter. We made a big campfire, cooked corn and sausages and when we saw police lights coming up the mountain quickly hid our wine and rum bottles (wild camping isn't technically allowed in Austria), but they never came. We like to think the climb up was too tough for them.
Quite a few weeks ago, after beer festival no. 2 in Stuttgart, a big group of us went hiking in Damüls, a big ski area in winter. The autumn colours were very beautiful and walking along the ridge was the perfect easy Sunday hike.
I thought I'd briefly show some of mountains we've been going up lately. I'll be sad to leave this beautiful part of the world.