28th March: Schierke Bhf. - Ahrensklint - Renneckenberg - Schierke Bhf.
Start/Finish at Schierke Bhf. 685m
Highest point reached was 933m summit of Renneckenberg
Distance circa 10 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 300 m
Total time from start to finish of 4 hrs
Cold, cloudy and with deep snow on ground.
All on snowshoes


The weather forecast for the Tuesday of my trip was for colder and clearer conditions, so I hoped to do the complete snoweshoe hike from Schierke Bhf along the Glashüttenweg to the Renneckenberg and back. A route abandoned on Monday because of a thunderstorm.

As for every day of the trip, which was planned to mix snowshoeing with my love of German steam locos, (started in 1971), I took the 09.10 first train up from Wernigerode. At that Harz town is the base of the HSB and whilst the winter service only sees 5 trains a day to the Brocken, (up to 11 a day in summer), there were still a number of the very big metre gauge tank locos on the loco shed. Photoed from a raised viewing area put there for that purpose next to the loco shed!
HSB locos on shed at Wernigerode
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Glashüttenweg signpost Glashüttenweg
After indulging myself with those lovely steam locos I caught the 09.10 train, leaving it more than an hour later at Schierke. Then heading up on snowshoes past Ahrensklint and onto the Glashüttenweg where snow was still very deep and in places quite soft. So it was 8 inch Tail floats on my MSR snowshoes for the whole hike!
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Snow hole Deep snow on Renneckenberg
It was quite a long slog up to the Renneckenberg, and zig zagging up the deep virgin snow on the steep slope to the summit my right snowshoe had gone into a deep snow hole. And I took a few moments to extricate myself from around a metre of snow.
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Brocken from Renneckenberg
But it was fun snowshoeing in the deep and virgin snow, especially as the weather was not too bad, for once in winter giving a clear view to the Brocken summit.
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Wernigerode ski hutte HSB trains meet at Schierke Bhf.
I zig zagged slowly down from the Renneckenberg summit, passing the snowed in Wernigerode ski hutte. Then a very enjoyable and long snowshoe hike back down through the Harz forest to Schierke where I was comfortably in time to catch an afternoon train to the Brocken: seen here waiting for a descending train to pass at Schierke Bhf.
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28th March: Schierke Bhf. - Ahrensklint - Renneckenberg - Schierke Bhf. continued
Brocken seen as the HSB storms over Goethemoor The clear weather lasted just long enough for me to enjoy a sight of the Brocken as the big Harzer Schmalspurbahen tank loco stormed over a still very snowy Goethemoor. To the left is the Torfhaus trail, very busy in summer but desolate today.
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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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