In January, Nathan and I spent some time in the German Alps, hiking in the snowy fir forests and climbing some of Bavaria’s most beautiful peaks.
Salzburg to Berchtesgaden
We arrived in Salzburg on the Saturday afternoon and bundled our gear into the backseat of Lisa’s car. Lisa owns the apartment we booked for our time there and she was kind enough to rescue us from arrivals after our car hire fell though. We spent our journey learning the names of the mountains and pointing out restaurants before arriving at the apartment and falling into bed.
Climbing Mt Jenner
Sunday morning was snowy; one of the cold, brilliant blue sky days I love. We took the public bus to Konigsee, Germany’s third deepest lake in the shadow of Mt Jenner and hiked a little way up the trail to the cable car. At the Jennerbahn, we negotiated awkwardly with some Bavarian skiers for their cable pass and took the cable-car to the viewing station. With a few hours before sun down, we began our descent down deep snowy paths, past the frozen alpine lake which breaks apart the ski slope.
We deeply underestimated our descent, arriving in town some 3 hours later and totally drained but full of that brilliant sense of accomplishment.
There’s something about spending the afternoon in the cold and the snow and it being such an adventure. The following days were spent in much the same way, trekking up knee deep snowy mountain trails in trainer socks and never all too sure we were on the right path.
The time we spent hiking in the German wilderness was a return to something simpler; a chance to experience a slower way of spending time together in the outdoors. For as long as we’re able to retreat into these wild spaces, our experiences in them will always have the power to reach into my soul and open my eyes to the true value of some time away in nature.