This was our first time in the Bernese Oberland. Unfortunately it was raining when we woke up. Nevertheless we enjoyed the breakfast and took the bus to 'Schwarzalp'. From there we started to walk to Rosenlaui. We visited the glacier gorce which was great! We wanted to go to the Dossen Hut. It stopped raining and we decided to continue. The way to the Dossen Hut has some ladders and fixed ropes and is quite difficult. But the view is fantastic! You walk along the Rosenlaui glacier and can see the hut from the beginning of the path - but far far away. The ladders and ropes were no problem. But just in between these lightening rods the sky became darker and it started to rain.. a few minutes later a storm came - a thunderstorm! No panic now! That was the scariest moment we had so far in the mountains. Luckily we had just reached the end of the secured part of the path when the thunder came. We saw the bivouac and ran to it! It was open! What a great moment - we went into it and closed the door and all windows. We lit some lights and waited. We could hear the thunder, the rain and the storm outside. Actually this bivouac was really nice, but we were really scared because of the weather outside! When we looked around in the bivouac we saw that it was opened yesterday! Would we have been there two days earlier we wouldn't be able to have this security in the thunderstorm. We couldn't believe how much luck we had.. When the thunderstorm was over we looked outside. It was still a bit up to the hut. But the weather became better, so we continued. Now the most difficult part of the way began. We had to climb up a bit on a ridge without being secured. But then we reached the hut safe and sound. We had a great view around and enjoyed the loneliness of the hut. Only three other people were there. But then the owner of the hut told us that we have to go down the next morning - because much snow was expected! So we had a great dinner, slept well and went all the way back to Rosenlaui the next morning. We took the bus back to Grindelwald. Very exhausted we reached the hostel and the next morning our muscles were aching heavily! One trip we will never forget.
Friday - 8th August 2008 - the weather forecast is great for the ongoing weekend. We decide to go hiking on the Heilbronner Weg in the Allgäu. We pack or bags and after a 3 hours drive we arrive in Obersdorf. We take the bus from the Oberstdorf central station to Bigsau. For here we continue by foot to the Enzian Hut which is on 1804 m. After a break (the tomato soup is really great) we continue to the Rappensee Hut on 2091 m.
After a good lunch and great night we are up quite early. We are the first at the beginning of the Heilbronner Weg this morning. Far below we see other groups coming. Again we know why the Heilbronner Weg is one of the most famous hiking trails. In all directions we have a great view into the valley. The highest point today is the Steinschartenkopf with 2615 m.
Our next aim is the Kemptner Hut (1846m). We pass the "Black Milt" - a field of snow (no glacier, no crevasses). Arriving at the Kemptner Hut we take a longer break.
Then we follow the path back down to Birgsau (which is a little boring - at least in contrast to the Heilbronner Weg).
On the 26th of July in 2008 we meet with friends to do the Mindeheimer Klettersteig. By car we go to Mittelberg (in Austria). From there we go up to the Fiderepass Hut (2070m). There we sleep one night.
The next morning we go up to the beginning of the via ferrata. The weather could be better but we still decide to continue. We are lucky - there is no rain at all 🙂 The via ferrata is quite nice and makes lots of fun. Arriving at the Mindeheimer Hut (2013m) we take a break.
From there we follow the Krumbacher Höhenweg back to the Fiderepass Hut. After another break we go back to Mittelberg. Despite the weather wasn't that good it was still a great tour we don't wanna miss.
End of june 2008 we decided to visit the Rosengarten. Form Germany, we take the train to Bolzano. After a few minutes walking we arrive at the bus station. We take the bus going to Vigo di Fassa and get off at station Karerpass. Our first destination is the Paolina Hut (2125m).
After a short break we continue walking to Rifugio Fronza (Koelner Hut) (2337m). There we take a longer break eating a cheese and bread. Our plan is to pass the Tschager Joch and then to go further to Rifugio Vaiolet.
However, due to lots of snow in the above areas we change our plans. We head back to Rifugio Fronza and walk to Rifugio Roda di Vael (Rotwandhütte) (2283m). On that way we pass the eagle monument which remembers Theodor Christomanos.
Arriving at Rifugio Roda di Vael it turns out that this hut is currently closed due to renovation (an hour ago we met a man who told us that he is just coming from Rifugio Roda di Vael - probably for him it was just a minor detail that the hut is currently closed....). This is the moment we learned to always call a hut before we go for it... - at least in Italy. We decided to proceed to Rifugio Ciampedie which was approximatly 90 minutes away. On our way we see some quite interesting rock walls.
Quite exhausted, we finally arrive at this really nice hut. The next morning the weather is as good as it can be. Our todays goal is Rifugio Antermoia (2498m). We plan to go to Rifugio Gardecia and then take the Scalette via ferrata to Passo delle Scalette, 2348m. From there we want further proceed to Rifugio Antermoia. The first part of the way from Rifugio Ciampedie to Rifugio Gardecia is a 30 minutes walk. We follow the signs. The road turns into a small path which leads us through wood and rock up the hill.
After maybe an hour the wood disappeared. We reach the beginning of the Scalette via ferrata. In front of us lies a more or less steep path through the rocks. To the left and to the right we see large walls of stone. Technically, the via ferrata is quite easy - but still exhausting since it is going upstairs all the time. Only the last part is secured by a steel rope.
After an hour we arrive at Passo delle Scalette, 2348m. We continue walking on a plateau for some time until it becomes steeper again. Arriving at the top, we can already see Rifugio Antermoia. To the left we see the Antermoia Lake.
After approximately 5 hours, 750m up and 250m down we finally arrive at Rifugio Antermoia. We are so hungry that we almost can't wait for dinner. Finally, we both have two different meals 😀 The beds in Rifugio Antermoia are quite nice since they have three levels... we sleep like being dead.
Since we really liked Rifugio iCampedie we plan to go back there the next morning. We plan to pass the Grassleitenpass, the Grassleitenpasshütte (2601m), Rifugio Vajolet (2243m) and Rifugio Gardecia heading back to Rifugio Ciampedie.
First, we pass Lake Antermoia. Until we reach a sign which is still surrounded by snow. Passing along we leave another plateau beyond us. Finally we arrive at the Grassleitenpass from where we can already see the Grassleitenpasshütte.
From up here we follow the signs back to Rifugio Ciampedie. There we again had a beautiful evening and a great lunch 🙂