For our further hiking in the mountains, we chose the area of the Zillertal Alps, We arrive early in the morning through Pomezí nad Ohří, Munich, Kufstein and we come to the small town of Zell am Ziller, which is home to famous ski slopes and Mayrhofen. After a short search, we find free parking at the local school, and there is also a bus stop near the train station. We prepare the necessary things to ride in trek shoes, add water and take the bus up to Gerlos. The convenient bus climbs serpentins even higher beyond Gerlos to the durlassboden dam approximately three-quarters of an hour.
It starts to rain a little, but it can not be scattered, because we are hungry for another adventure and especially according to the forecast, the weather will improve significantly in the next few hours.
Our current goal is the Zittauer Hutte chalet at 2300m.nm, which is a distant 4 hour walk from the dam. First, we climb up a comfortable, wide footpath that copies the dam lake, hiding in front of the rain for a while, and then we put it in the raincoats. The stretch further down the valley is slightly expanding and another pond at the end of the trip is a cruise restaurant. There is already a proper climb, It leads along a stormy creek with several interesting cascades to the next valley level.
From here you can see a beautiful chatting room. After a courageously guided walk, we climb up the high hill that flows from our cottage. At the edge of the rock we start to mist.
The mist clouds, however, are receding after a while and the surrounding scenery opens in all its beauty. We see an unbelievable panorama of the surrounding glaciers, and in one place called Gletscherblick there is also an information board that monitors and interestingly describes the retreat of glaciers over the last decades.
We cross the first snow fields to Zittauer Hutrte. It is beautifully situated at the unusually large lake Gerlossee.
For today, however, we have enough in the exhausting heat, so about 6 hours of car ride and a five-hour trek we like to use the hospitality of the cottage and finish this great day in its bowels and add the lost ions to good Austrian beer.
Tomorrow we are looking for a slightly more complicated journey ......
I would still like to comment on what period we usually go to the Alps. We have never been in the Alps during the high season,. that means July or August. We do not want to meet crowds of tourists We want to enjoy the mountains in their peaceful and undisturbed beauty. Often, we also choose more remote places than we know. This may sometimes cause complications in the form of impassable routes or closed chat.
The chalets we chose for this trek are open only for a few days and the main onslaught will only be experienced in the coming weeks and months.
In the morning, the sky is azure blue and, together with the surrounding environment and the panoramas of the surrounding three thousand, are really fabulous. It's time to throw backpacks on your back, prepare treadmills, tighten up the laces at the shoes and go out. Our current goal is Plauener hutte, which should be about seven hours walk away. There is also a cottage Richter hutte, where we would like to relax halfway and continue on.
On the way, we have to overcome some mountain seats and plan to climb Mount Richterspitze, which is several yards ahead of the 3000 m. A little below is the Gamsscharte, which is missing a few meters to 3000.
The path from Zittauer Hutte leads first along the lake, then rises to the left steadily up to Roskarscharte. It is situated at a height of about 2700 above sea level and a short distance before you can turn to the Rosskopf Mountain, which is easily accessible by its round shape. There are more snow fields in front of the saddle, and we have a view of the next valley where we are still looking for our next destination. Scharte's rostrum is very steep and some steps have to be taken. Next, we meet along the stone fields and the mountain meadows to the small pond.
Here we have a well-deserved rest, a picnic out of stock that we carry on our backs and also a cold bathing foot in the ice water of a small ball.
Behind this pond the road goes to the side valley to the right and we already see our next destination of Richter Hutte. Looks a little too far at first glance. We're just a little lower and we're losing the high stakes. In some places the footpath is really airy above the rocky splashes, but even these key points can be safely overcome in some concentration. Even if I did not want to go through it in snow or ice. The trail leads us about two hundred yards high down the hut where we cross the brook that flows somewhere up in the glacier. When crossing one snow field under which a stream flows, even the ice crust breaks and one of us falls into the stream
Fortunately, this is no longer complicated, and the only monument is a little wet in the shoes and lots of laughter. In a moment we climb the steep pavement of Richter Hutte.
We have quite a lot of it today, we're here in about five hours, and apparently waiting for us at least another five hours. We are refreshing with the spinning Radler and inventing where we go. In the cottage just some Slovak roofs repair the roof and it seems that this cottage is thanks to it and currently for the nightmare is closed
When we bent our head, we saw our next goal, it is quite breathtaking. The Gamscharte (saddle saddle) saddle is about 700 high in height. From what we see the way to it surely will not be easy and unfortunately not even safe. It is full of steep snow fields, and we have no aspins and cats in our minds of the coming summer and high temperatures.
There is no other option, we must somehow get to our next destination, where we already have a reserved night. At this point, I would like to make a small note for those who do not go much into these huts and the Alps for hiking. Every time you leave one cottage to another, or go out of the cottage for a trip, it's good to sign up for a book.
It is located near the entrance to the cottage or right in the restaurant and it is good to write in your name, your upcoming destination and the date and time of your departure. If there is an unexpected event and you have to take care of your survival by mountain service, it can be quite helpful
After a short rest, we again throw heavy backpacks on our back and we get up. First it goes slowly down the stream. It is crossed and followed by a number of steep serpents. Here it goes because the road leads to a firm and dry land. We're just coming in the first snow field. This is already the character of the black slopes. In practice, this means that if you slip on it, it's likely you'll end up in the tumbling ground a few hundred yards below. That is, if you do not stop on the road for a stone. And so we climb higher and steeper terrain. The snow field alternates occasionally with the moraines.
We suddenly come to places where we can not even see tourist signs. Sporadic marking in the saddle is still under the snow. Now we have an orientation problem. That's what we see clearly about this goal, but we're thinking how to get it safely to it. Here we are already in the kingdom of snow and ice, and so we climb at the altitude around 2800 on a steep snow field and try to keep an eye on our every step.
We are all here together, but each for ourselves. We all know that if one foot slipped one can not help him and his crash would end down about 100 by the footman. Still, breathing to the saddle and pumping with adrenaline we are looking forward to it will be much better. The last meters to Scharte should be secured by steel rope, unfortunately because of the tall layer of snow it is hidden somewhere below it, so the last few meters with clenched teeth skip to the safety of a flat terrain.
We no longer have the strength or the desire to get out of the saddle a few dozen feet high on Richterspitzre. We want to be as light as possible in the cottage. Finally, we are here, on the other hand, the Via Ferrata must continue. We can not see the first locks from here, so we put on the cushions, hide treadmills on the backpacks, and pull out the safety carbines. and put on helmets.
The first locking is about 30 m behind the saddle, First the road looks quite passive. How we like to click on the steel fuse after the uncertain steps in the steep snow fields.
Ferrata should not be difficult. It has a C classification, but in these conditions and snow it can be quite interesting. This is confirmed after several tens of meters. because well-secured sections alternate with unsecured locations, which would normally be dry in normal circumstances. In the snow, however, they represent a further increase in heart rate and adrenaline. Particularly overtaking the frozen gullies, under which the bubbling brook is, after previous experience of the snow bridge, a quite interesting adrenaline experience
This is followed by security again. Here it is perfectly done with many curls and overhangs, and under it we can finally see a firm ground. So if the snowy plains can be called it.
Finally, we sweep the last steps and congratulate ourselves on the limit of exhaustion that we have mastered this test without any harm.
We stumble to our present day over extended snow fields. With only a gentle slope, we meet the beautiful Plauener cottage. It is high. . over another dam reservoir bearing the name Zillergrund
Then, when we talk about the beer, the experience of transiting the saddle and the ferraty is enough to laugh at it. Right now you realize the beauty of the mountains and the shared experiences with your friends. The bloody bodies lie in a common matratzen camp, and in a while we are asleep as if we were in the water.
In the morning we are just waiting for a deserted descent to the reservoir dam From where the bus goes to Mayrhofen. In two and a half hours walking in the beautiful countryside we are at the stop.
even free toilets are opened and since this place is already quite busy, the bus is busy quite often
First, it sinks into a tunnel dug into the interior of the mountain to finally go under the dam and continue along the river, which has its name across the valley to Mayrhofen. 7
Here we get to the train station and take a few stops back to the Zell am Ziller
It was really gorgeous even though a demanding extended weekend.