Monday, September 23, 2013

Tegelberg Triumph - Upward & Forward

We were not going to leave Fussen without getting a front view of the castle, period. After several unfavourable responses at the info centres, one guy suggested that we take the Schutzengelweg track on Tegelberg towards Rohrkopfhutte and after 1/2 hour or so "you will not miss it". He was right and we were very glad indeed.  

Pumped and in the mood for a good hike, we descended and decided to take another route - Gelbe Wand Klettersteig. 2 3/4 hours to the summit didn't sound bad at all and for a moment, somewhat ambitious. The track also appeared as a dotted line in our german map - sounded exciting!

So we pushed forward. After about an hour and half of walking and stepping, we were out of the woods and it was time for a juncture. Although no ordinary one. 

Having walked a fair-way up, trekking down would be too rough and certainly bad for the knees. But seeing what lay ahead of us, that should have been an easy decision! Determined to find out whether this really was the only way and whether what we saw was the only toughest bit - maybe upwards was indeed the way to go. 

With that curiosity, we crossed our first ever fixed rope section and after that, there was no looking back (or down). For 4 full hours. 

Not for the faint-hearted! Hence we opted to walk-under instead  ;)

What about signage on the way up?!

Fruits of our labour

Certainly calls for a beer
Easier, less fun way down