Chalk cliffs in Normandy

Allthough it’s been a while that we took this trip I want to present this beautiful region in France to you anyway. In total we spent 17 days there and visited the coast of Normandy and Brittany. A trip with breathtaking natural sights, lovely old towns and villages and of course a lots of great food. During the trip we had beautiful weather all the time and so I can presnt a lot of wonderful pictures. Today I will present part one of this voyage.

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Crossing the Plumsjoch to Pertisau

Starting in the Rißtal this tours leads first to the  Plumsjoch cabin. From there you have several choices. Depending on how good in shape you are you can climb the Bettlerkarspitze and then go back to where you started or you can walk across the Mondscheinspitze and Pletzach  Valley  to Pertisau. Since I came to the Gernalm around noon, I decided to go for a second ascent and walked over Guetenbergalm to Pertisau.  To get to the starting point at the Hagelhütte you can use the Bergsteigerbus from Lenggries and take another bus from the Achensee back to the Tegernsee. You will be rewarded with great panoramic views and a few good places to take a rest and get a snack.

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Panoramic hike with view of the Zugspitze

For this tour you will need to be in good shape since you will climb quite a few feet uphill. The reward for doing this is an awesome view almost all of the time over the Ehrwalder Basin and the Zugspitze. The trail is easy to walk and apart from the last piece to the summit of the Ups there are no difficult points to master. The ridge between Ups and Daniel is rather narrow. For this stretch you shouldn’t be afraid of heghts. This hike definetly enters my top ten.

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Through the Krottenbach valley to the Tölzer Hütte

From the shores of the artificial Sylvenstein lake this tour runs at first along a even paved road through dense forest. You continue above the Krottenbach canyon still rather comfortable direction Delpsee. The ascent at the end of the valley is steep and quite strenuous. You will be awarded with the maginificent Karwendel panorama from the Tölzer Hütte. The complete hike is rather long and so you have to be in good shape to do it. Since I wasn’t sure how long this tour would take I did take the car for once. Weiterlesen

Crossing the Fockenstein

This tour is somewhat longer but from the Fockenstein you will have a great panoramic view. A part from the last tiny stretch before you reach the top and where you will have to scramble a bit there is are no difficulties and so almost everybody can go on this hike. Expect a great panoramic view over the Tegernsee and into the central Alps. You’ll even see the dominating summit of the Zugspitze in the far. You’ll have to walk a few miles if you follow my tour, but you can shorten it by descending the same way you came up the mountain from Bad Wiessee. If you want to do the tour following my footsteps, I do recommend that you take the train for your ride.

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Easter Hike in the Tegernsee region

April was already pretty warm and so I decided to profit from the great weather on Easter Sunday and go on a first tour in the mountains. It was pretty clear that after those heavy snowstorms of the last winter there would still be tons of snow. So I chose a hike that doesn’t bring me to real high elevations and get a great panoramic view anyway. In the end I was shown that I wanted to climb too high.

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Crossing the Rodenecker Alp

For my last day of vacation in Südtirol/Alto Adige I chose an easier tour. After two days with quite a lot of feet in elevation I wanted to have it a bit more comfortable. The guide that was leading us to the Wilde Kreuzspitze talked about the Rodenecker Alp. Supposedly there is great panoramic hike to walk. From the Zumis parking lot sitting on 5660 ft. you will be walking without much elevation across the Rodenecker alp enjoying fabulous views of the Zillertaler Alps to the north and the Dolomites to the south. This tour is a treat for all of you not wanting to climb lots of feet but enjoy great panoramic views anyway.

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Hike from the Fane Alm to the Seefeldspitze

Around the Vals valley there are a few summits that do offer great panoramic views of the Dolimite mountains in the south and the Zillertaler alps to the north. After not being able to get to the summit of the Wilde Kreuzspitze I decided to climb the Seefeldspitze the next day. The tour starts at the parking lot of the Fanealm too. Those who are in a hurry can take the shortcut over a steep path that mounts straight to the summit. If you want to have it less strenous then follow the forest road leading to the Tschirnaun alp. After this cabin there aren’t many signs showing you the way, but since you are in open terrain it is easy to orientate yourself and find your way. Curios? Then read on.

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Hike to the Wilde Kreuzspitze

The Wilde Kreuzspitze is a summit with approx. 10,300 ft at the end of the Vals valley in South Tyrol close to the Austrian border. While preparig this trip this was the only hike that was described in guide books. I was tantalised already for quite some time to stand on a mountain with more than 10,000 ft. The ascent is not too strenuous but above 8,0000 ft. it could be that you encounter difficulties due to the thin air. The only part that is really steep ist the stretch between the Rauhtaljoch (9,100 ft.) and the summit. Unfortunately we couldn’t go all the way up since the weather changed dramatically and a strong wind blew snow clouds in from Austria. Curios how it went? Then read on.

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Easy hike from Vals to Meransen

During this tour you will have to bring yourself to take an ascent of arounf 1,500 ft. along a skiing slope. At some points it is a bit steep, but easily manageable. As soon as you have reached the upper end of the ski lift on a ridge called Tanne you will continue on a forest road comfortably downwards. The first part of the tour will offer great views of the Jochtal and Gänsbichl. Once you have reached Meransen you can enjoy panoramic views of the Dolomites with the Geisler group and the Pustertal. This is an ideal tour if you want to go for an easy walk. And you won’t have to renounce great views.

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