22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Start/Finish at Bad Kohlgrub 835m, (but with cable car descent from Hörnlebahn Berg Station)
Highest point reached was summit of Mittleres Hörnle 1496m
Round distance circa 10 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 750m
Total time from start to finish of 5 hrs 30 mins, (including time on cable car)
Weather was cold with cloud base circa 1100m
Hornle signs Hornle signs
A cold and overcast Sunday morning saw me get off the first bus from Farchant to Bad Kohlgrub, at the bottom of the Hörnle: a collection of three small summits back to the East. From the bus stop it was all uphill to a corner with a couple of well adorned signposts. My route was to the right: the winterweg to the Hörnle!
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Sonnen
My route took me through the village of Sonnen before heading out into the forest. For the first time this trip I had my Grivel snowshoes strapped on my rucksack. I had failed trying these a year earlier but had made some changes to them and was more hopeful of success if they were needed on this route.
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Track to Hörnle Track to Hörnle
To start with the winter route was marked with tracks in the new snow lying on top of a deep and well trodden base. But as I ascended into the cloudbase the tracks ended, leaving quite deep virgin snow in places. Time to try my snow shoes again!
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Grivel Snowshoe
The snowshoes were designed to have the boot pivot at the front. And had caused me problems in 2005: my heel was not steady and the crampons kept catching on the back of the snowshoe. So I had used some extra crampon straps to fix over my ankle as close to the boot heel as possible and fixed the strap to the rear part of the snowshoe: meaning my boots were fixed firmly front and rear. I put them on and tried first without crampons, but soon put those on as they were certainly needed. And for the first time I felt comfortable walking with the snowshoes. Success!
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Mountain Rescue Hutte and Crucifx
I walked in snow that would have been a struggle with just boots, until I reached the major ski piste which in parts had a parallel loipe route: on these steeper but well flattened sections I used just crampons as the snowshoes were not needed. Passing the mountian rescue hutte I was making good progress on the climb in very dull weather.
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Hörndlhutte
A further steep slope saw me passing the Hörndlhutte in low visibility and cold conditions. Snowshoes were put back on to attempt the short North side route to the Vorderes Hörnle, but even with the shoes on I was in snow above my knees!
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Vorderes Hörnle On Vorderes Hörnle summit
So keeping on my snow shoes I headed around the mountain and found a route up the South side that had been used by a few others. Before long I was up by the Vorderes Hörnle summit cross: my first snowshoe summit!
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Vorderes Hörnle summit cross On Vorderes Hörnle summit
I stayed at the summit only for a short while as I was keen to continue on my snowshoes. So a quick descent and then up the better used, but still very snowy and very cold ascent to the Mittleres Hörnle.
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Hinteres Hörnle Hinteres Hörnle summit
The freezing fog gave a very wintery look to the quite steep climb to Mittleres Hörnle summit. On top was a group who practised the very popular sport of using skis with a ribbed cover on to hike up, before removing the covers to ski back down!
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22nd January: Bad Kohlgrub - Vorderes Hörnle - Mittleres Hörnle - Hörnlebahn Bergstation
Grivel snowshoes I went back down to the Bergstation of the Hörnlebahn where I decided that having successfully used my snowshoes to two summits I would celebrate by taking ther cable car back down! And then a brisk walk down to the town just in time to catch a bus back to Farchant.
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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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