24th February: Rest day: Taubenstein Bergstation area
Start/Finish at Taubenstein Bergstation 1613m
Highest point reached was circa 1650m above Bergstation
Round distance not relevant
Vertical altitude gain of circa 70m
Total time from start to finish not relevant
Weather was cold with fog and mist below 1100m, clearer higher up. Very deep snow.
A Rest Day, but with the chance of clearer weather higher up we were not staying in the sub zero valley fog all of the day. Despite walking through the cold to get the RVO bus to the Taubensteinbahn Talstation we were not ready for the incredible blast of icy air that hit us as we left the Bergstation at 1613m! A fierce wind with ambient temepratures a long way below zero had both of us layering up to the full extent. And struggling with icy hands to get crampon straps done up as, even though this was a rest day, we wanted to wander around a little to enjoy the views, with fresh snow on most of the trees. And enjoy the lovely new powder snow lying on a very deep hard packed base: maybe getting a few reasonable photos after a couple of days without any. Taubenstein
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Wendelstein
The Taubenstein track had seen enough use by cross country skiers for us to climb and enjoy the Wendelstein view.
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View from Taubenstein track And we enjoyed the view of the mountains above Valepp to the South.
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Taubenstein track We continued up the Taubenstein track a short way further, but not surprisingly, and at the point where the tracks in the snow became a lot less, Bobbie decided safety should come first. The slope down to the right was soon to get close to 30 degrees and with a lot of fresh snow was maybe not certain to be secure.
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Austrian Alps from Taubenstein track I had hoped to sneak on up to Taubenstein summit, but did turn back with Bobbie, enjoying the view into Austria.
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Taubensteinhaus and Wendelstein So a last look at the Wendelstein, with Taubensteinhaus in the foreground, then back down in the cable car to enjoy the second half of our rest day watching the Winter Olympics.
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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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