Language:

The Eagle Walk – Fight over the summits in the Karwendel Mountains

The Eagle Walk – Fight over the summits in the Karwendel Mountains

So, next try. For the restart of my mission, I adjusted some settings, as I was completely overloaded during my first two stages. Tent, camping mattress and sleeping bag I replaced by a smaller sleeping bag only for huts, as my further plan was to spend every night on huts along the trail. By that, I could reduce the weight of my backpack by about three kilograms. Unfortunately, this weight I almost added again by taking my via-ferrata climbing gear with me, as Kenny and I planned to go two via-ferrata trails. Whatever, the volume of my backpack decreased by that and it was not as bulky anymore. Also, I now brought with me a new rain cover for the backpack, if there would be some new rain along the way. So much to the adjustments. 

In the morning of September 8th, we started, once more towards the mountains. My Parents drove us, as the trailhead was rather difficult to reach this time and my parents wanted to spend some time in the mountains as well. So it happened that from the trailhead in the beautiful Falzthurntal we set out as a company of four until my parents decided to have some sweet lunch at one of the serviced huts. That sounded pretty tempting, but it’s been a little too early for me and Kenny, so we marched on, all the way to the hut we would spend our first night at, the Lamsenjoch-Hut. We reached this hut by the late afternoon, arranged our spots in the bunk beds and then set out for another session outside during the last hours of daylight. Our goal was the via-ferrata trail up to the peak of the Lamsenspitze, however, we couldn’t find the entrance to it as the signage was pretty bad and accidentally took the normal trail up. Perhaps also the fog played an essential role in this matter. Once we arrived on the summit, we found ourselves in a complete whiteout and could see nothing, still, the ascend was a nice one. Especially, because we could spot a huge eagle floating below the low clouds. Wow! As we had brought our cooking gear with us it was now time to cook some quick supper on the summit. Couscous with spiced pepper sauce. A good strengthening for the descent. This one, we now knew better, we took over the via-ferrata route. And that actually was a pretty technical session. Through a tunnel in the huge rock-wall, we reached the sheer face of this rock which we then had to climb down. It took us quite a time and we only reached the hut again when the daylight already failed. What an adventurous first day, and fun it was!

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

More exhausting then the second day turned out. As the next hut on the trail was closed due to renovations the challenge today was to cover two stages. The weather, once more, was grey and gloomy and only sometimes one of the summits around appeared out of the clouds. Wearily we trudged from mountain to valley, again up the mountain, back into the valley and, once more, up the mountain. Man, this was exhausting. Only while we climbed the last slope the weather slowly got better. My wow-moment on this day I had while we were crossing great gravel wash in the last valley. In the middle of this grand scenery, there was one single tree that managed to withstand the strong natural forces of erosion in the travel wash. Photo-alarm, what a great composition! And now up to the hut, there’s supposed to be some great Kaiserschmarren (sugared pancakes with raisins) up there. But there wasn’t, as we disappointedly realized. Only for lunch, they served it, what a scam! At least the sky now really began to clear up, revealing one nice sunset this evening. And, during supper, we got to know Anton, Bernd, Simon, Merrit, and Kira, who also spent the night on the hut and would join us on the next day climbing the mighty Birkkarspitze. 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

No sooner said than done, in the morning, the company set out to cover the 900 vertical meter ascent to the highest summit in the Karwendel Mountains. 2749 meters is the height of the Birkkarspitze and when we reached the summit at around 11 AM the excitement was huge. Almost cloudless the day presented itself and there was mountain beyond mountain around us. With this view, we then enjoyed our lunch and shortly afterward our ways separated again. Only Simon would hike on with us to the next hut, the rest of the group would make their way back to the previous hut. For us, the descent proved to be rather endless and tiring. About 1400 vertical meters we had to climb down into the Isar-Valley.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Finally, as we got there it was almost shocking that we had to walk another two hours up again until we would find our day’s destination. I was at the end of my resources and to cap it all my shoulder started to ache with a searing pain, which made me doubt if I could still manage to move on the next day. After a while of slow stop and go we separated from Simon, as we didn’t want to slow him down. The nerves were on the edge, yet after some more tracks and slow trudging forward we made it to the hut. At the Hallerangeralm we then got the reward for our troubles. They could serve us our much-longed-for Kaiserschmarren and the sunset, seen from the patio, was just incredible. This really let me forget all my pain from the day. 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

After this magical sunset, we went to bed early to gather new strength for the last day. That one started again with beautiful weather and even my shoulder felt surprisingly good again. It must’ve been some wrong adjustment of my backpack’s straps that caused the pain the other day. So, one last time we climbed and descended the slopes of the mountains until, in the end, we found ourselves on top of the Nordkette, towering above the city of Innsbruck. And as a final reward for all the fighting, we granted ourselves lift tickets for the cable car, which brought us comfortably down into the valley. An absolute exception! Having arrived in Innsbruck, we then drank a coffee together to see off Simon, before Kenny and I entered the Bus back to Munich.  I already decided to do this step the day before, to give my shoulder some rest and continue with the trail only a couple of days later. Then I would take on the biggest challenge of the Eagle Walk, the Lechtal Alps. 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

2 Comments

  1. Gerhard Schnitzer
    Thursday September 20th, 2018 / 04:29 PM

    Hallo Moritz, super schöne Eindrücke die du hier vermittelst, sieht teilweise auch sehr winterlich aus, auf jeden Fall wunderschön, weiterhin viel Spaß auf deiner Tour wünscht dir Gerhard aus Wien

    • Monday September 24th, 2018 / 04:43 PM

      Naja winterlich wars zum Glück noch nicht so ganz, sonst hätten wir ja noch mehr mit uns schleppen müssen. Aber das Wetter in den Bergen hält immer Überraschungen bereit 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *