Photos from trips: Adlerweg West, August 2015
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To complete the Adlerweg, Simon went back to the Austrian Tyrol in early August. This Western part of the route, from the Tyrolean capitol Innsbruck to the ski resort of St. Anton, involves successive crossings of passes at typically 2,200m. These passes are interspersed with valley sections that link pretty Austrian villages. This Summer the team's explorations have covered both East and West halves and we are interested in the differences between the two; in early Summer 2016 we'll be covering the whole route again, ahead of our first season. We are loving the Tyrolean theme to our recent recces. Please join us!
A first morning view, from Innsbruck to the Hungerburg area.. early cloud yet to be burnt away.
On ascent to the Solsteinhaus the view opens up across the valleys South of the Inn; the Stubaital and Otztal.
Our continuing path leaves the back of the large Solsteinhaus. Inside are many wooden tables and the classic tiled stove found in Austria, Slovenia and other Alpine countries.
In a very foreshortened view, we look up to the Eppzirler Scharte. The scree slope leading to the col is undeniably steep...
... as we see in this view of two trekkers descending carefully.
Mountain goats congregate on the other side of the Eppzirler Scharte.
Our intermediate distination is the Eppzirlerhutte in the valley floor; before this we descend scree slopes and loose paths equally as tricky as those on the way up.
After the Eppzirlerhutte the going eases as a wide track takes us to Giessenbach in the valley.
Later the route crosses a low pass at 1,500m to reach Ehrwald, one of the resorts clustered around the base of the Zugspitze. The Zugspitze (2,962m) is the highest point in Germany; its massive limestone cliffs tower over this day's walk.
Another stage on, the Adlerweg ascends beside massive screes to the Hinterbergjoch and the Anhalter Huette.
These screes are large in the view, on a grand scale and untouched except for occasional boulders.
We cross a stile before a steep grassy descent to a short scree traverse.
Now above Steeg and below Kaisers, we are looking at the last stage into St. Anton. A house is replete with shingles.
Our final ascent is up a grassy and earthy hillside with views to the Valluga area; skiers will know that as the major peak above St. Anton.
Even in a very light Summer for snow, little patches can remain - typically where accumulations have built up after avalanches, or in the deepest river valleys in aspects that see least sun.
The Leutkircher Huette with its brightly-painted shutters and cheery warden is a fine place to contemplate the route travelled. All that remains is the descent to St. Anton.
Hut coffee and a surprise diner mug!
A failure in reading the clouds leads to being caught in a storm; after only 10 minutes of rain, the surface water is huge.
Returning to the Lech valley (Lechtal) we follow a route that mixes easy valley walking with 3 forays onto the hillsides for perspective.
A summer cabin with a red roof, above Steeg.
Later, in the charming valley resort of Leutasch, an evening stroll reveals the triangular peak of Hohe Munde. It's time to go back to Munich after another superb Austrian trip. (Back in September!)
Summer 2016 will be our first season offering the full Adlerweg. Please ask us for more details any time.
Adlerweg West - trek this route in 8 stages