21st February: Rest Day: Taubenstein Bergstation and Taubensteinhaus
Start/Finish at Taubenstation Bergstation, 1613m
Highest point reached was circa 1650m, above the Bergstation.
Round distance circa 4 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 100 m
Total time from start to finish was not relevant
Weather was cold after overnight snowfall, with sun and blowing mist and fog. Very deep snow.
I was pleased to have managed three days hiking at the start of the trip, despite feeling under the weather. And whilst trying to spend as much time as I could with Bobbie: it was a holiday for her as well as a hiking trip for me! 21st Feb was to be a rest day, and a day to celebrate Bobbie's birthday! Our family run Gasthof has a ruhetag, (rest day) Tuesday until 17.00 hrs on Wednesday so their superb restaurant would be shut, (breakfasts were normal). With no other local restaurants we didn't feel like going any distance in the evening to eat so planned a small buffet in our room whilst watching the winter Olympics. That meant a hot meal lunchtime, and what better place than in a mountain hutte! So a leisurely breakfast for once and then the 09.46 RVO bus to the Taubenstein cable car station on a day when we woke to a fresh snow fall in the valley. Snow in Neuhaus
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Snowy view from Taubenstein Bergstation
Not surprisingly the view from the top of Bergstation of the cable car had changed somewhat!
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Rauhkopf Birthday Girl
With some lovely virgin snow to walk through we dropped down to Taubensteinsattel, then up to the only visible bench where the wind had continued to scour the snow away over the adjoining ridge. Giving a chance for a very hot coffee from the Aladdin stainless steel flask that was proving to be superb in the cold weather.
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Taubensteinhaus
It was a very wintery walk down to Taubensteinhaus, with a good depth of fresh powder snow on top of an already very deep and firm base layer.
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Laberkäse in Taubensteinhaus
In a moutain hutte our choice of lunch was of course Bavarian Laberkäse washed down with Apfelschorle!
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Taubenstein Climb to Taubenstein
As we left the hutte the weather improved a little, revealing the Taubenstein fresh snow covered in the overnight snow. Tempting enough for us to climb back up past the Bergstation and into the fresh poweder snow on the side of the Taubenstein that had just a couple of tracks from those intrepid people who had been climbing the route on skis.
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Taubensteinhaus
The short climb was worth it for the view back down to the Taubensteinhaus where we had enjoyed lunch.
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Birthday girl in the Taubensteinbahn cable car Descending in the cable car, Bobbie reflects on the superb surroundings enjoyed for the first part of her birthday.
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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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