GERMAN HILL AND MOUNTAIN HIKES

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Bavarian Alps: Mangfallgebirge: September 2005
Brecherspitz4 Sept 2005Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - O FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return
Huberspitz5 Sept 2005Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee
Rauhkopf6 Sept 2005Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee
Taubenstein7 Sept 2005 Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Schwarzenberg8 Sept 2005Hundham - Schwarzenberg - Hundham
Rainerkopf 9 Sept 2005Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel
Westerberg 10 Sept 2005Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Westerberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return
Start/Finish at Fischhausen-Neuhaus 800m
Highest point reached was 1685m, summit of Brecherspitz.
Round distance circa 18 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 920 m
Total time from start to finish of 8hrs
Weather was warm. Cloud and mist below summits, sun later
A couple of days passing through Fischhausen-Neuhaus during winter hikes with my wife Bobbie In March, and a six day stay there during May had confirmed the delights of the superb mountain hiking in the area. As well as the wonderful hospitality of the Gasthaus Kögel. So it was with much anticipation that Bobbie and I arrived in the quiet village during the afternoon of Saturday September 3rd for the start of an eight day stay. The village had escaped the worse of the dreadful August flooding in Bavaria, and the week before our arrival had seen warm sunshine: hopefully drying out some of the wetter parts of the hikes we planned to do.

The balcony of our first floor bedroom looked straight out onto the Brecherspitz, (photo right), so it was no surprise that a hike up this mountain was the first on the list!
Brecherspitz
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Freudenreich Alm
Our route started from the Gasthof Kögel, turning right outside onto a gentle climb on a surfaced road into the Dürnbachwald. Leaving the village the forest road got steeper and unsurfaced until at around 1100m we turned left towards the Freudenreich Alm, (1262m and above), which we passed not long after emerging from the forest.
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Climb from Freudenreich Alm Climb from Freudenreich Alm
After the Alm Hutte, (open), we saw the first signs of the August rains as the steep gulley that our path followed was wet and slippery, (left), until coming out of some trees and climbing up to Obere Firstalm.
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Bobbie stayed in the Alm Hutte area while I went up the stony path through the winter ski slope towards the Brecherspitz. The weather had been sunny with some low cloud, but a wind got up, moving the cloud. Within hours the cloud would be blown away leaving a superb week of sunny weather. But for now the cloud was a nuisance, reducing visibility as I approached the exposed ridge that leads to the summit.

But before seeing my misty photos let's enjoy a superb photo of this lovely exposed ridge taken by Satoshi Iwamatsu, whose English language web site covering German and other mountain hikes fairly near to München is very well worth a visit.
Brecherspitz Ridge
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Brecherspitz Ridge
Back in the weather I experienced it was still easy to see one of the exposed sections. The wire rope helping as the track sloped a bit downwards towards the void on the left.
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Brecherspitz Ridge Brecherspitz Ridge
The track dropped down over some rocks, (left, looking back as I continued upwards), and was marked with red splashes of paint, (right): hardly needed as being on a narrow ridge there were not too many alternative routes!
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Brecherspitz Ridge Brecherspitz Summit
The climb in cloudy weather continued with wire ropes on the more exposed parts, until near the summit, which was mostly above the cloud.
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Brecherspitz  Summit
It was a Sunday in the Bavarian Pre-Alps, and the weather was quite good. So it was no surprise that the summit of the Brecherspitz was crowded!
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
View North east from Brecherspitz  Summit
The wind was slowly clearing the cloud, but the valley below was still obscured. However there were some nice views of the tops of the local peaks.
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Part of Brecherspitz Ridge from the Summit Brecherspitz Ridge
Heading back down the way I had come saw slightly improved visibility, (left), then over the last wire aided section, (right), and back to re-join Bobbie at Obere First Alm.
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4th September: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Freudenreichalm - Obere FirstAlm - Brecherspitz and return continued
Bodenschneid from Freudenreich Alm
Together we carefully desecended the slippery rocky gulley, then into the meadows at Freudenreich Alm with a lovely view of the Bodenschneid, (above), before following our morning route back to Fischhausen-Neuhaus.
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5th September: Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee
Start/Finish at Schliersee circa 780m
Highest point reached was 1052m, summit of Huberspitz.
Round distance circa 13 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 300m
Total time from start to finish of 4hrs 30 mins incl. lunch stop
Weather was hot and sunny

I had spent some time before leaving the UK in identifying shorter walks that would suit Bobbie: it was her holiday after all! So on a day that became hot we caught the BOB train at 09.24 from the station not far from our Gasthaus, to the next stop at Schliersee on the side of the large lake. A gentle walk through the North West edge of the village and onto an undulating country lane that headed towards Hausham. Early on we caught a view of our modest goal for the day, (right). Huberspitz
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5th September: Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee continued
Wood Mill Flowers Track to Huberspitz
The lane passed a wood mill as well as many summer flowers before we took an easy track. Then onto a steeper and rougher path in the forest for a short way, soon replaced by a smoother track that rose at a steady and quite gentle rate.
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5th September: Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee continued
Hausham
The forest path had a number of bench seats. Ideal on a hot day after our exertions the previous day, and one with a lovely view back down onto Hausham.
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5th September: Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee continued
Forest path to Huberspitz Near Huberspitz summit
The forest path zig zagged it's way gently up to a meadow which was the Huberspitz summit: just below that was Huberspitz Hutte and a new memorial crucifix that had recently replaced the old "summit" cross.
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5th September: Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee continued
Huber Alm
The Hutte at the summit was closed, and in the forest the view of the surrounding area was rather limited. So we retraced our steps down to Huber Alm, where a very pleasant light lunch and cold drinks provided ideal refreshment.
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5th September: Schliersee - Huber Alm - Huberspitz - Huber Alm - Schliersee continued
Schliersee
We wandered back along the country lane in the valley, arriving at Schliersee with some time before the next BOB train back to Fischhausen-Neuhaus. So a seat by the lake with a wonderful view, followed by an ice cream seemed a perfect way to end a few hours gentle hiking on such a lovely day.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee
Start at Spitzingsattel, 1127m, Finish at Spitzingsee 1085m
Highest point reached was 1693m, summit of Taubenstein.
Distance circa 12 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 700m
Total time from start to finish of 5hrs 30 mins
Weather was warm and sunny
Monday 6th September was another superb sunny and warm day: ideal for my planned hike to the Taubenstein Sattel, (Sadle), and two summits. Breakfast was finished in time for us to comfortably catch the 08.46 RVO bus up to Spitzingsee. I alighted at Spitzingsattel with a lovely view back down to the Schliersee, (below), and Bobbie carried onto to Spitzingsee, where she would enjoy a pleasant walk around the lake. No gentle lakeside walk for me, but a quite steep zig zag path up the side of a meadow, and then onto a very rocky track, (right), in the forest that covers most of the lower slopes of the mountains in the area. Before too long the track emerged at a high meadow under the Jägerkamp.

Schliersee
Track up to Taubenstein
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
View over Spitzingsee
In the still and clear conditions there was superb view back down to the Spitzingsee, with the Brecherspitz on the right and the Bodenschneid in the background.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
Track up to Taubenstein Sattel Signpost to Rauhkopf
The track became easier as it went under the Taubensteinbahn, (cable car to the Sattel), and then dropped a little before continuing to climb. First on a wide track, and later on a moderate grade zig zag path, (left). At the Sattel, (1592m), was a typically good Bavarian mountain path signpost: that to the Rauhkopf pointing directly at my first summit of the day!
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
Track up to Rauhkopf Trackup to Rauhkopf
I had thought that as the Rauhkopf was a "kopf", (usually a round topped summit), the path up to it would be over grassy slopes. Not so from this direction! It was quite steep and rocky. And cutting the odd corner on the zig zags and going up directly produced some very light scrambling.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
Rauhkopf Summit View from Rauhkopf Summit
The climb up from Taubenstein Sattel was not long, and in superb Autumn weather I soon reached the Summit cross at 1689m, behind which could clearly be seen the Wendelstein with Bayerländer Hutte in the foreground, (right).
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
View from Rauhkopf Summit
In such lovely weather there were some great views from the Summit. This to the East, taking in the Tanzeck, (centre), and the steep climb to the Aiplspitz on the right.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
View from Rauhkopf Summit
Looking South West is the Schönfeldhütte, Spitzingsee and background mountains: from left to right are the Stumpfling, (middle distance), Bodenschneid and Brecherspitz, with many more behind.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
I was conscious of having left Bobbie down at Spitzingsee where we planned to meet again around early afternoon. So I quickly pulled myself away from the lovely Rauhkopf Summit with it's almost never ending views of so many more hikes to do! I descended fairly quickly back to the Sattel, from where there was a great view of my next Summit for the day: that of the 1693m high Taubenstein.

A real rock climb from the West up a near vertical face, but my plan was to stick to hiking and get to the top from the East. Even that would not be straight forward according to the research I had undertaken before leaving home. So it was past the Bergstation of the Taubensteinbahn and onto the rocky path that led round to the East side of the mountain.
Taubsenstein
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
Taubenstein
The final climbs up the East of the Taubenstein. Just left of the people on the Summit is the rocky gulley, (no wire), and just to their right is the top of the wire assisted section which starts lower down with the zig zags, (no wire rope there).
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
DAV sign at Taubenstein Route to Taubenstein Summit
The main track from the Taubenstein Bahn Bergstation passes the bottom of the last steep section up to the Taubenstein Summit: an appropriate place to place a sign warning would be visitors to the Summit Cross that sure footedness and freedom from vertigo are needed before attempting the rock climb secured with a wire rope.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
View from Taubenstein Summit
The effort of the scramble to the top was worth it with this great view South: extending well into the Austrian Alps.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
Hoch Miesing and Rotwand viewed from Taubenstein Summit
Hoch Miesing, (left), and Rotwand, (right) viewed from Taubenstein Summit.
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Wendelstein  viewed from Taubenstein Summit
To the North East was the Breitenstein, (left) and Wendelstein, (right of centre). While in the foreground below is Taubensteinhaus.
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6th September 2005: Spitzingsattel - Rauhkopf - Taubenstein - Spitzingsee continued
Spitzingsee Supper
I carefully descended from the summit using the wire rope, and as time was moving on made a rapid descent to the gravel road that ran from Spitzingsee up to near Schönfeldhütte. I had crossed this on my way up earlier in the day, but now I used it to head back down towards Spitzingsee, meeting Bobbie lower down who had walked up after she had spent a good few hours by the lake, (left).
The RVO bus dropped us back near our Gasthaus, and as it was their Ruhetag, (closed for the day after breakfast, very common with small family run establishments in Germany), we decided to use the local shop to buy the ingredients for a very pleasant "Balcony" supper that we enjoyed during the evening.
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Start/Finish at Taubensteinbahn Bergstation, 1613m
Highest point reached was 1817m, summit of Lempersberg.
Round distance circa 6 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 320 m
Total time from start to finish of 4hrs incl. lunch stop
Weather was warm and sunny

Wednesday 7th September had been planned as a complete rest day with a visit in "civilian clothes", (ie no hiking trousers, base layer tops, boots, rucksacs etc), to Tegernsee. To be normal tourists for the day instead of mountain hikers. But waking to another day that promised warm and sunny weather that plan was soon abandoned! I felt I really had to share the views from high up near the Taubenstein with Bobbie.

So we caught the 09.46 RVO bus up to the Taubenstein Bergbahn (cable car station right). The idea was to "almost" have a rest day by catching the cable car up to the Taubenstein Sattel and doing some gentle walking from there: enjoying the superb views while doing so. And perhaps having a light lunch at Taubensteinhaus, which I had been led to believe was a much better location than the rather impersonal cafe at the Berg station of the cable car.

The semi-automated nature of the cable car was quite impressive to experience, as was the gentle ride up the 500 or so metres to the Berg Station that I had walked the previous day.
Taubenstein Bergbahn
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Track up to Taubenstein Track up to Taubenstein
The short walk up to the East side of the Taubenstein was quite rocky, and very well used by all those who make use of the cable car.
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Rocky Gulley route to Taubenstein Summit Taubenstein Summit
The temptation to climb up to the Taubenstein Summit again was too much for me: so up I went using the steep rocky gulley, (no wire rope), that needed some light scrambling and resulted in yet another ripped pair of hiking trousers!
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
View to Lempersberg
Before climbing down to rejoin Bobbie I had a chance to photo part of our onward route up and around the rocky outcrop in the foreground, and then up to the Lempersberg in the top right hand corner. The Rotwand is to the left.
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
View from Lempersberg
It was a straightforward path to near the Lempersberg, where the main route was left to follow an indistinct track across a meadow to the Lempersberg mini "summit Cross", with views of Taubenstein, Jägerkamp and Benzingspitz behind.
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Hoch Miesing from from Lempersberg The actual Summit of the Lempersberg was a little further on along the track. There seemed to be about three choices of the highest point, so I went and stood on all three just to make sure! All had a great view of the Hoch Miesing.
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Rotwand and Lempersberg Mindful that this was supposed to be a rest day I left the Summit quickly and re-joined Bobbie on the main track. We retraced our steps back past the Taubenstein and the Berg Station, and down towards the Taubenstein Haus: pausing on the Sattel for a view of the Rotwand, (left), and the Lempersberg, (right).
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7th Sept 2005: Taubenstein Bergstation - Taubenstein - Lempersberg - Taubenstein Haus - Bergstation
Taubenstein Haus A light lunch of Weiner Wurst, sauerkraut and mineral water was most welcome, and the small Hutte was indeed a very cosy place to stop for our short break. It was but a short climb back up to the Taubenstein Berg Bahn where we were soon being whisked down the mountain side, comfortably in time to catch the bus back to Fischhausen-Neuhaus.
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8th Sept 2005: Hundham - Schwarzenberg - Hundham
Start/Finish at Hundham, circa 780m
Highest point was 1187m, summit of Schwarzenberg.
Round distance circa 10 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 410m
Total time from start to finish of 3 hrs
Weather was warm and sunny, some haze later
View of Mangfallgebirge from Hundham Thursday was to be another superbly warm Autumn day, and we caught the 08.51 RVO bus up to Hundham, North East of Fischhausen-Neuhaus. This took us out of the main mountains, but gave us a chance of a very gentle hike on mainly surfaced forest roads up to the Schwarzenberg. Soon after leaving the bus we had a great view South over the Mangfallgebirge.
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8th Sept 2005: Hundham - Schwarzenberg - Hundham continued
View of Mangfallgebirge from near Hundham The track soon started skirting the forest, giving welcome shade from a hot sun, but still left the chance of good views back over local villages and the ever present Mangfallgebirge.
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8th Sept 2005: Hundham - Schwarzenberg - Hundham continued
Mangfallgebirge with cows Near the top the surfaced road passed through a farm meadow, with the by now slightly hazy Mangfallgebirge in the background.
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8th Sept 2005: Hundham - Schwarzenberg - Hundham continued
Schwarzenberg Summit Schwarzenberg Summit
Just under the summit the track went past a couple of large houses, and then into a meadow and onto a narrow track up to the large summit cross. A haze was reducing the view of the adjoining mountains, so we soon left for a gentle stroll back down. Plans for a light lunch were abandoned as Hundham's two gasthofs and one shop were closed. So we contened ourselves with sharing an energy bar washed down with lukewarm water from our Sigg bottles before catching the bus back.
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel
Start/Finish at Fischhausen-Neuhaus, circa 800m
Highest point was 1465m, summit of Rainerkopf.
Distance circa 13 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 900m
Total time from start to finish of 6 hrs 45 mins incl. lunch
Weather wascloudy to start, then warm and sunny

Red Sky At dawn
The local weather forecast was for rain on Friday 9th September, and the dawn red sky as I set out for the 06.41 RVO bus to Spitzingsattel seemed to confirm that. But the rain was not to come, (much), and neither was the bus! The first bus is for schooldays only and I hadn't realised it was still a school holiday: confirmed by the driver of the 06.51 service for Hundham and Miesbach. So plans to climb the Aiplspitz were abandoned as I returned to have breakfast with Bobbie!
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
Raineralm
A very light shower of rain fell while we had breakfast, but it was dry again by the time we headed up through the Dürnbachwald to our new destination of the Raineralm. And as we left the forest above 1100m the clouds cleared to give another superb day on which to enjoy the view in front of us: Raineralm, (above), with the Bodenschnied behind to the left and the Rinnerspitz to the right.
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
Wasserspitz, Rinnerspitz and Bodenschneid
I left Bobbie in the warm sun near Raineralm while I went up to the summit of the Rainerkopf. A moderately steep but easy path started across the meadow, then turned sharp right and became very indistinct for a while as it headed along the top of a broad ridge. Looking back was good view of , (left to right), Bodenschneid, Rinnerspitz and Wasserspitz. With just the middle one of those three for me to still climb.
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
Path to Rainerkopf Tegernsee
The path became clearer to follow nearer the summit of the Rainerkopf, but remained quite easy walking as it was still mainly passing the top of Alpine meadows. It also gave increasingly good views down towards Tegernsee in what by now was another superb and very clear Autumn day.
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
View from top of Rainerkopf
There was a distinct summit, but no cross: just a sort of "trig" point stone. The views were great: this one down towards Fischhausen-Neuhaus.
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
Tegernsee from top of Rainerkopf
The view down to Tegernsee and the surrounding mountains was little short of breathtaking!
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
Bodenschneidhaus Bodenschneidhaus
View from Bodenschneidhaus Path from Bodenschneidhaus
Bobbie was transfixed with the superb scenery and weather so we continued up to Bodenschneidhaus for a light lunch: then she planned for us to continue on the "summer only path" past the Rinnerspitz and Bodenschneid to Obere Firstalm.
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9th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Rainerkopf - Bodenschneidhaus - Obere Firstalm - Spitzingsattel cont
Bodenschneidhaus
Freudenriechalm from near Bodenschneidhaus
Bobbie on summer path to Obere Firstalm
The summer path was very wet and slippery on rocks, roots and mud in places, even though the great August rains had ended two weeks earlier. But we were happy with slow progress, enjoying the down on Bodenschneidhaus, (left), and across to Freundenreichalm. Leaving the woods we passed Obere Firstalm and accelerated down the gravel road to Spitzingsattel where we connected with the 16.07 RVO.
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10th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Westerberg - Fischhausen-Neuhaus
Start/Finish at Fischhausen-Neuhaus, circa 800m
Highest point was 1329m, summit of Westerberg.
Round distance circa 10 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 550m
Total time from start to finish of 5 hrs
Weather was overcast and cool to start, then warmer and brighter

Rain was again forecast for the Saturday, our last day for hiking on this trip. But the clouds built up, and again started to disperse, (but not fully), by the time we had enjoyed a day hiking up a small local mountain. Not that rain bothers either of us, we both carried appropriate wer weather gear on every day of our trip here. But falling rain means low cloud. And low cloud means no wonderful views from higher up! Not that this was a day where great views were expected as our route took us through the forest up the gravel road, following the high route signs. track up Dürnbachwald signpost
I had seen the top of the Westerberg from the summit of the Rainerkopf the previous day. Woodcutting had exposed the Sorth side of the small mountain on which there was no sign on my maps of any footpath.
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10th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Westerberg - Fischhausen-Neuhaus cont.
Westerberg
The Westerberg seen the previous day from the summit of the adjacent Rainerkopf. The steep slope up to the pointed summit was a clear indication to me that it should be climbed!
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10th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Westerberg - Fischhausen-Neuhaus cont.
View from Westerberg
Using my usual map combination of Kompasss, (008, Bayrischzell Schliersee for outline planning only), and Bayerisches Landesvermessungsamt Munchen 1:25000, (Josefsthal and Miesbach maps), I had worked out roughly how to get to the cleared forest area. As expected a loggers track led us in the right direction which passed by a view back down the Dürnbachwald towards the Breitenstein and the Wendelstein.
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10th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Westerberg - Fischhausen-Neuhaus cont.
Route up Westerberg Westerberg Summit
I left Bobbie where the track ended and climbed straight up the side of the mountain over a mixture of felled trees and dead pine needles. As there was no path I felt this better than the easier graded ridge via the forest which could be more environmentally sensitive to my intrusion. Near the top some light scrambling was needed over a steep section that included a few small rocks.
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10th Sept 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Westerberg - Fischhausen-Neuhaus cont.
Gasthof Koegel
A few minutes on the top and then back to Bobbie and a gentle stroll back down to the Gasthaus Koegel at the end of the Dürnbachwald in Fischhausen-Neuhaus. We had enjoyed a superb week of hiking based at this outstanding Gasthaus and in an area that has almost unlimited opportunities for mountain hiking. No surprise then that a few days after arriving back home in England we had re-booked for a return in February, when we hope some snow will spice up our hiking!
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Key to Route Descriptions
Throughout this web site I have tried to adopt a consistent approach to the way I show the summarised hike details in the blue text table shown at the start of each hike. Below is an explanation of how the various parts of that text table are arrived at.

Start and Finish
The main locations, usually a village or nearest village, from where the hike is started and ended. The altitude of the start and finish taken by comparing my exact starting point with the appropriate contour line or printed height from the relevant Topographische Kart 1:25000, Bayersisches Landesvermessungsamt München map.

Round distance in kms
The total distance actually hiked. Includes any "excursions" off the main route. The kms shown are a very broad estimate only. I have yet to find a way of getting anything like an accurate distance for my hikes even using the 1:25000 maps. Frequent zig zags and height gains and undulations are the main problems to deal with!

Vertical altitude gain
Not the height difference between the starting point and the highest point reached. It is an estimate of the total metres I have ascended during the hike. It will include all significant undulations and all "excursions" off the main route. Using the detailed 1:25000 maps as above, it is possible with a little care and effort to get quite close to an accurate figure.

Total time from start to finish
Time from my gasthof back to my gasthof after the hike if no public transport is involved. Or from leaving a bus stop or railway station and back to a bus stop or railway station at the end of the hike. Includes all breaks. My ascent rate is slow, never more than about 300 metres per hour, so most other people would complete the hikes quicker. I often complete a hike with no stop lasting longer than a few minutes, but picnic stops and visits to huttes taking longer than that will be mentioned in the text.

Weather
A broad description of the weather conditions during that hike. Any temperatures usually taken from the nearest weather recording site that I can find, (done on my return to England), or from local TV reports.
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