Start/Finish at Ettal am Berg 869m
Highest point: 1889m, Notkarspitze summit
Distance: circa 15 kms
Weather: humid and warm/hot lower, cool higher
Vertical altitude gain: circa 1350m
Time: 8 hrs 20 mins
It was almost exactly a year earlier that I had started my first summer mountain hiking trip to Bavaria, and for 2006 I had again decided to stay at Farchant, just North of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Booked into the very friendly Hotel-Gasthof Alter-Wirt it looked like I was going to have the same very hot and humid weather of 2005! So I was up early on the first day, intent on catching the 05.52 RVO bus out towards Ettal where I had some unfinished business to attend to!
That unfinished busines was to summit the Notkarspitze! In 2005 I turned back at the Ziegelspitz, the 2nd summit on the East route, as in the heat my 5 litres of water was insufficient. So for 2006 I started with more than seven litres of water, and over an hour earlier. And the water was needed as far from a cool early morning forest track walk it was very warm and incredibly humid after a long storm the previous evening. But after an hour the forest thinned and the humidity dropped.
Light clouds and a breeze had replaced the oppresive conditions, but I was still pleased I had started with 13 pints of water. So I was able to drink without restriction, as I looked back on the route up from the Ziegelspitz, (left). I also was enjoying my solo hike, only seeing two other solo walkers near the summit, (right). One coming down, and the other overtaking me.