Finally! The weather is improving. And at the very least it should stay nice for the next few days.
Since starting this trek I’ve had considerably more days with rain than without rain; certainly not unheard of in the European Alps, but still a bit unlucky. For the first time in over a week, today the clouds were mere decorations for the scenery, not harbingers of rain or thunder. And over the next couple of days the summer is supposed to return. Ahhh…
Schieferspitze (2735m), along the trail in the morning
It was a nice day for the long (longer than expected) trek from Württemberger Haus to Ansbacher Hütte, right through the heart of the Lechtal Alps. The day began with a relatively short (ca. 400m) ascent to a minor peak called Großbergspitze (2657), then along a ridge and over the Seescharte col to Memminger Hütte; for most “normal” hikers a reasonable day trek.
View to Memminger Hütte
View to Grießlscharte, at the right on the horizon
But I arrived at Memminger Hütte before lunch, so I kept following the trail, first down into a deep valley, then up again in a long, gruelling ascent to the Grießlscharte col (2632m), through scree and over snowfields; the last bit was light climbing, secured with cables as handrails. Then a one hour descent to Ansbacher Hütte. In total, it was a nine-hour day; not excessively long by my current standards, but still a tiring tour thanks to difficult trails and all the vertical metres to cover (21 km distance, 1700m up).
View from near the top of Grießlscharte
Reached the other side; view to the Stanzer valley
I’m delighted at all the praise people have been sending me for my photos. Thank you! In fact I’m also positively surprised by the decent results, since all I have is the (not particularly high-quality) camera in this smartphone. I regret not having been able to bring my DSLR, but the weight would have been excessive.
For most of the photos so far I’ve used an app called Camera HDR Studio, which takes two photos with different exposures, and then merges them to show the lighter and darker parts more vividly than in a single shot (closer to how the eye sees things). Taking two separate photos means that I have to hold the camera very still, so I normally rest it on a trekking pole, a knee, etc. If a particular photo isn’t very sharp, this is probably because I’ve not held the camera still enough. I then use a digital filter to make the colours slightly more vivid; but that’s it. No zoom, sadly. The rest is just nature and timing. As said, I’m also surprised by some of the good results, and very glad so many people like the pictures.