After Jesswell got hooked on me in the late summer of 2020, we had to wait a long time to take part in such an event together due to cancellations and postponements. It was a first for me and after experiencing the atmosphere and great organization, it won't be the last long-distance hike that I will take part in.
Under corona conditions, things were certainly a bit different than usual, but still it was a fantastic experience to go out on the track with a total of almost 1200 participants. Started divided in different start windows
every 15 minutes about 200 hikers and in the end 968 actually crossed the finish line with 50km in their legs.
The route west of Hanover itself was very flat and offered very nice views as soon as you got out of the Laatzen district. Be it relatively close to Hanover in the area of the river Leine and the Maschsee, or outside in Weezen and Ronnenberg. However, it has to be said that there were kilometers of bike paths along roads with moderate traffic, which was sometimes not so pleasant. Here the organizer has to fine-tune the route for the next time. The distribution of the four refreshment stations along the route was also a bit questionable. The first came after 8km, the second only at about 23km, the third again at kilometer 30. There was also something warm to eat, but we were still full because we were doing really well on VP2 let go - and we were definitely not the only ones ...
The 8 hours and 19 minutes of pure walking time also belies the overall result of 10 hours and 12 minutes. We took a long break at the refreshment points and gave it a little gas on the route - not least thanks to a third comrade who joined us from kilometer 6 and pulled us along quite well.
Shortly before we reached our destination, we tapped a little hook to compensate for the missing 200 meters in the recording due to small GPS incorrect measurements - we absolutely wanted to have the 50km on the clock 😄
August 22, 2021
This time we again chose Schwalenberg as the starting point for a short test hike. "Free snout" and almost on the way we planned a 25km long loop from Schwalenberg Castle into the Niesetal to Marienmünster Abbey and back again. A detour to the Magdalenenquelle should also be possible on the way back shortly before the destination.
Despite rather random planning, our tour largely followed the Niesetal Waderweg.
Due to the warm weather and especially the sun, the route to Marienmünster had its lengths for us despite several great views ... Note: When planning, look carefully at the map, where some woods could be promising shade on the way. But even these can sometimes turn out to be clear cuts in reality, as we have experienced.
Overall, we can recommend the Niesetalweg, just not in midsummer weather.
A little tip on the side: For a break about halfway, the idyllic Ketser Dyk pond about 100m northeast of the abbey is recommended.
August 15, 2021
In order to slowly get back into moderate exercise, I combined two useful things today: get the circulation going and fill up the bookshelf in Salzkotten.
On the way there, I allowed myself a few extra loops and small photo breaks to capture the beautiful mood in the afternoon. But shortly before Salzkotten I saw huge rain curtains approaching, so that I then hurried to have stowed the books dry on the shelf in the market square before the cold shower. Five minutes after delivery, the rain overtook me at the end of the village, from which I waited at least briefly for the strongest showers under a carport. But I wanted to go on and so I kept wet and cold pants up to Bentfeld (for the top I had a rain jacket with me 😉), which dampened my motivation for further photo breaks. Only the little calves near Scharmede were worth another stop in the rain. From Bentfeld onwards, the sun sometimes peered through the clouds, but the next threateningly close rain front didn't leave me much leisure to extend my tour a little ⛈
August 8, 2021
After an extremely restrictive forced break, I finally dared to do a little hiking tour in the Haxter Grund on paths that I haven't been on before. An interesting highlight is the light tower, a restored observation tower on the heights around Paderborn. Unfortunately, the view of the town lying in the depression is somewhat obscured by the now tall planting on the ring wall around the tower.
On the way back from the control room to the inns in Haxter Grund, one should choose a different route than what I tried. On the map it looks as if you could easily follow the valley path, but shortly before you reach your destination it surprisingly becomes a private path and you have to fight your way through the prickly undergrowth on the right side of the steep slope to get to the access road to the inns and parking lots.
August 7, 2021
The Ravennaschlucht is a beautiful, narrow and steep side valley of the Höllental, through which the wild Ravenna brook cuts its way over many cascades and waterfalls. The two largest are the large Ravenna-Fall with 16 meters and the small Ravenna-Fall with 6 meters. We made a circular route out of it and built in some demanding vertical meters that made us sweat despite the short distance Strecke
July 17, 2021
You could also say about this hike: Wild nature and culture. From the houses you can quickly reach an asphalt high path with a wide view of the Alb valley. Very soon it becomes a forest path, which is lined with many anthills on the left and right. After a good 3 kilometers you reach the Windberg Gorge with a waterfall at its entrance. But it is far from the only one and on the way down to the valley it is fun to watch the wild water. However, you should do this if you have a secure footing. Many areas blocked with slippery stones require increased attention, step resistance and sometimes a little courage.
Almost at the end of the gorge, the path branches off to St. Blasien and you soon reach the impressive cathedral, which you would hardly have expected in this corner of the Black Forest. A short detour to the interior, which is almost entirely made of white marble, is definitely worthwhile (admission free of charge - visitors are only not permitted at trade fairs). A short detour to the monastery garden with its many cultures rounds off the cultural part of the tour. Unfortunately, this is followed by a somewhat boring and, because of the nearby federal road, noisy section that leads to the Albstausee. The reservoir did not have much water at the moment, which gave the tech-savvy hiker at least an interesting view of the lake side of the dam.
After crossing the dam wall, do not let the hiking trail detour into the fenugreek, but turn directly to the right on the sloping driveway to the farm buildings of the power plants.
Once you have passed this, an inconspicuous sign points to the left away from the farm road through a small piece of forest, where you meet the road after a short climb. On the opposite side, a forest path leads steadily uphill and here you need a little breath, because the ascent is only moderately steep, but loooong. Halfway up you reach the Untere Albtalschanze, which offers a great view of the wooded slopes of the Albtal. Here we saw - as well as in the vicinity of St. Blasien - for the first time on our hikes larger sections with dead spruce trees or already clear cuts. So the Black Forest has been hit hard, at least in places, in the last two years.
Our highlight on this hike was the view from the Obere Albtalschanze, which you reach at the end of the long ascent. Absolutely fantastic! We took a longer break here and enjoyed the panorama and the very sunny and warm weather.
A now only slight ascent to the summit and then slightly downhill, where the forest road led us past the Wolfsbrunnen with refreshingly cool water.
Almost down in the valley shortly before houses, we noticed before crossing the street that we had left the dog leash 🙄 - probably (?) During the long rest.
I spontaneously throw off my backpack and hiking shirt and keep going back - but that's a different story (komoot.de/tour/421383263).
In short: the assumption was correct and when I was back and steamed off, I went on to the Häuserner forester's house, which marks the entrance to the very interesting forest nature trail. Unfortunately, an approaching thunderstorm urged us to hurry, so that we could only briefly take a look to the left and right of botany and geology of the small area and the associated information boards. You should definitely take more time here!
Back in houses we only barely escaped being completely soaked by a thunderstorm and were only slightly damp and could get into our car waiting at the town hall.
July 28, 2021
Well, if you realize too late that you forgot the dog leash during your last rest, at least one companion has to get on the trail to teach it again. Who left it is completely irrelevant. When time is of the essence, the fittest wins the job😉
I've never walked in hiking boots before, so I took off everything that could be a burden to me in the humid conditions (temperature 25 ° C, humidity due to various rain events that day close to 100%). In short hiking pants, topless (almost) without, I started up the trail uphill. Halfway there, the ascent changes into a downward gradient, which clearly affected my breathing rate. Downhill it went surprisingly well. The flat hiking boots ran almost like trail shoes. Arrived at the Obere Albtalschanze, where we had taken a long break before, I actually found the missing line, which had probably pissed off between the boards of the bank when we picked up our rucksacks (see photo 3).
I enjoyed the wonderful view for a few more seconds, turned around and started walking back uphill.
At the Wolfsquelle I stopped for another 2 seconds for a sip of spring water and then it went briskly downhill to the hiking companion and Wauzi, who had to wait impatiently for 23 minutes 😅
I would be lying if I said I didn't appreciate the handkerchiefs we always carry with us on hikes. But there wasn't much time to come down completely, because a few thunderclouds were approaching threateningly from the southwest and warned us to hurry to end our hiking tour as soon as possible.
July 28, 2021
This time there was another beautiful stage along the Wutach Gorge. Again entry in Reiselfingen and upstream on a comparatively somewhat boring little piece at first. In 2017, around 50,000 cubic meters of slope slid into the valley on the opposite bank and buried the original hiking trail, among other things. But shortly after the still clearly visible landslide, you come back on narrow paths up and down the banks of the Wutach. The rain of the last few days made the water swell a lot. Fortunately, the path was not flooded at any point. However, abundant water came from the bank slope and repeatedly formed small waterfalls and small streams across the path.
The absolute highlight of the hike, however, was our detour to the Lotenbachklamm. Here, too, a lot of water rushed into the valley and made the otherwise contemplative waterfalls swell. The climb was definitely worth it and the tarte flambée in the shadow mill were well deserved.
We continued on the left bank of the Wutach in the direction of the Rötelbach estuary. On the way there you climb up to the Räuberschlössle, from which you can look down vertically into the angry river.
The Rötelbach estuary with the wide bank invited you to take a peaceful break before going up out of the valley. Above the gorge we hiked back on comparatively easy-to-walk paths via Gut Stallegg and the former Göschweiler forest swimming pool. Parallel to the road that leads to the Schattenmühle, we took a narrow hiking trail to a point where you can safely cross the road. The path is apparently rarely used and consisted of man-high grass and huge butterbur plants to the left and right. Good thing we were wearing long pants because of the inconsistent weather. Otherwise the nettles would have hurt us badly.
In the end, our route led on an old road towards Reiselfingen, which obviously led to the shadow mill earlier but was then abandoned. Good for us - the "ascent" from the Wutach Valley was then very easy and we could enjoy the flowering plants to the left and right of the path 😀
July 19, 2021
Well, that was a late afternoon attempt to use the torn sky for a trip to the Gauchach Gorge after 16 hours of rain. We had hoped that despite the high tide, the paths would be high enough above the bank. Shortly after the entrance, a first stretch of the way was already under water, but it was still possible to change trains. Luckily, many of the sections at the level of the angry brook were only puddle-deep, but that didn’t suggest anything good. When a handrail appeared on a small rock wall at a bend, which led directly down into the water, it was finally over. Only about 50m further did the path emerge from the rushing water. No chance of getting through. At least we could choose a different route for the way back, so that our trip was at least one lap. And we also saved the change of the flooded area from the beginning
July 15, 2021
It is clear that it goes up and down in the Black Forest, but on the first kilometer it is 100 meters in altitude - phew🥵 Well, then the heart-lung-muscle machine was at least up to operating temperature 😉
I practically planned the lap while running and had a very good knack for doing it. Only in Göschweiler did I do an (exhausting) extra lap because I wanted to see the beautiful fountain. But it was parked somewhere else because of extensive civil engineering work - a shame.
The route offers different surfaces from asphalt to forest floor and climbs from easy to "take a short break" 😉. Initially leading over high-altitude paths, you have wonderful panoramic views and then later on the way back further in the valley you can hear the rush of the Wutach.
It was also the ideal lap to try out my new trail running shoes. I am extremely satisfied and can only warmly recommend it for the terrain. Thanks again to Ingo for the tip👍🏻
July 14, 2021