In Oberfranken in Kulmbach geboren und in der Nähe davon aufgewachsen, seit über 15 Jahre am Forggensee im Ostallgäu hängengeblieben (Stimme aus dem Off: „Annara sag’n dazu Diaspora! 😆). Haben die Alpen majestätische Höh‘n, Schnee (noch) und Hütten, haben der Frankenwald, Fichtelgebirge und Fränkische Schweiz ihra Wälder (noch), stilla Steigla und mundara Bächla. Alles schön und nehm ich alles mit, per Pedes, Rennrad und Mountainbike. Noch Anmerkungen? Stimme aus dem off: So mach‘mers! 😀
- 01:4118.5 mi11.0 mph700 ft700 ft
Bumblebees are allowed to stroll and sometimes where others don't go ... 😁May 2021 also does what it wants. Yesterday in a T-shirt and shorts I got sunburned at the top of the mountain, this morning in the village shop, also in a T-shirt and shorts, next to a customer who was wrapped up in a parka and headband ... 😟😑 At least rain for today was predicted, the mountains were already hanging in the clouds and I still had to play bureaucracy in the morning, a mountain tour or a longer lap with my beautiful racing bike was not possible. So I went out with my black bull to see what was going on on the west bank of the Forggensee.I don't think I have to write much about the Forggensee circular route. The fantastic thing was that I almost had it to myself today, when twenty other cyclists met me on the whole route, it was a lot. Completely different than on the weekends or high season. Today cycling was fun.The Forggensee is still a good four meters short of its normal water level, but just as the Lech flowed through the Lechfall and past Füssen, it should be there by the end of May at the latest. So I had another chance to roll dry (and clean!) Tires over the lake bed. Seen in this way, even less good weather has something positive. 😊
a day ago
From my place of residence on the northern shore of the Forggensee I have a mountain panorama from Hörnle near Bad Saulgrub to Edelsberg and Alpspitz near Pfronten, with a clear view and depending on the location, the Benediktenwand near Benediktbeuren and the Grünten near Sonthofen are added.In between are the northern foothills of the Ammergau Alps with the Klammspitze, Hochplatte, Ammergauer Kreuzspitze and Säuling, some mountains in the Lech Valley such as the Thaneller near Bierwang, the north side of the Tannheim mountains such as the Aggenstein and the foothills of the Allgäu Alps.I've been to the classics like Hochplatte, Säuling, Thaneller, Brentenjoch and Edelsberg. My goal is to climb all the peaks of this panorama in the next two years, as far as this is possible without a rope team.The first on the line were the Hörnle triplets, which we tackled from Kappl near Unterammergau. May 2021 likes to make temperature jumps; If the parka had to be worn two days earlier, it was already 18 degrees at 9 o'clock that day, and there was a strong wind. Somehow, therefore, no real pleasure wanted to arise. In addition, the path led directly up to the middle Hörnle without any loops. The 650hm were easier to run on other mountains. And then there was the steady, strong blow-dryer wind with stormy gusts. Shortly below the middle Hörnle, however, the path became significantly flatter and the summit cross was almost a bit of a surprise. Once there, we were rewarded with the first great view of the Staffelsee, Riegsee and, in the distance, of the Ammersee and Starnberger See.The transition to the front Hörnle was a bit exciting, the north side of the middle Hörnle was still covered with snow, which even in May was still partly icy. But it went with cautious steps. The front Hörnle was snow-free and offered a great view of the Trauchberge along into the Königswinkel ... if it hadn't blown so damned vigorously there. At least I was able to confirm the counter-glance at Roßhaupten.The next step was a forest path past the Hörnle-Alm to the Hinteren Hörnle. We followed the official signs and had to go through a small snowfield, otherwise this summit was also free of snow. Up there, despite the large number of visitors, we got a crouch, enjoyed the view of the Pfaffenwinkel and the edges of the Königswinkel, philosophized whether that was Munich or not and just let the sun shine on us. When it started to get drawn, we set off again, but now we walked the unsigned, but well-trodden path directly to the Hörnle-Alm and past it back down on the same path as we did up.The Hörnle with its three peaks is a popular excursion and panoramic mountain. Even on a Monday we went it was busy. The path from Unterammergau / Kappl is steep and exhausting. The earthy floor was bone dry and easy to walk, but when it is wet it is almost certainly slippery and greasy.
2 days ago
- 02:2031.3 mi13.4 mph1,450 ft1,450 ft
There is a legend that the bumblebee is too heavy to fly. But because nobody told her, she does it anyway. It's similar with me with a racing bike ... 😅My first racing bike tour this year took me through the land of giants, that's the name of the community with its many individual farms and hamlets near Peiting, initially in the direction of Litzauer Lechschleife. In the last few meters, a wire fence blocked my way. A sure sign that grazing, i.e. free-range cattle, would be waiting for me. Since I had already been to the Lechschleife the week before (komoot.de/tour/358992138?ref=itd), I saved myself the meters and drove on via Kreut to the hamlet of Nierderwies. There the Lech, coming from the west, is forced to make a 90 degree curve to the north in the direction of Schongau. The bay that the water has carved out of the rock shows that the river does not like this.It went back on the same route. The connecting path is sufficiently asphalted and clean, even if it shakes the fork properly in places. Between the horse farm (Riesen 15) and Kreut it is hilly in both directions, but the inclines are komoot ... 😄 However, there are also a few confusing, tight bends that make a shot ride exciting.
3 days ago
- 02:127.06 mi3.2 mph425 ft400 ft
May 1st 2021 fell heavily into the water for many reasons, and of course the weather was happy to play along. But at least we can use the rainwater.The Litzauer Lechschleife halfway between Lechbruck and Schongau is one of the last natural sections of the Lech on German soil. In addition, this section of the river has cut deep into the foothills of the Alps and is hidden from prying eyes in many places by dense vegetation. The area is a nature reserve and is only accessed by a few paths. One of these paths leads to the water at the Litzauer Loop.The area has always attracted me to racing and used the bad weather mainly to determine the quality of the pavement. And I was not disappointed, many small secret paths that are sufficiently asphalted. The last kilometer of unpaved dirt road is only down to the water.The Lech loop is a river paradise that leaves a small impression of what the Lech could be like if humans hadn't touched it. And there are extremely hardworking beavers here ... 😄
May 1, 2021
A “simply naus” round where the Allgäu flows smoothly into the Pfaffenwinkel ... or vice versa ...From the Haslacher See it went first through Haslach to Kienberg. At Haslach, the panorama with the lake in the foreground and the mountains behind it can already be pleasing, but at the latest at the St. Michael Chapel in Kienberg it will be difficult to continue. The Pfaffen- and Königswinkel lie at your feet, behind them the snow-capped Ammergau and Allgäu Alps, which are enthroned by the Zugspitze.The chapel is on private property. In summer, please expect cows to be in the meadow. There is also access to a farm with a farm dog on a private path. But he only barked at me without getting up ... 😄We continued a little bit outside of Kienberg on forest roads to the Weichberg. Once there, I received a slight damper; the Weichberghöhe with the chapel was besieged by cyclists 😩 the Weichberghöhe is also easily accessible by bike. And you were right, the view up there is too beautiful. But there were a lot of them that afternoon ...Then it went back the same way.A scenic tour on small connecting roads means, you can count on everything, from rollators to school buses to armored personnel carriers.
April 24, 2021
- 02:438.69 mi3.2 mph650 ft750 ft
Today a hike through the Ostallgäu foothills south of the A7 motorway between Eisenberg, Pfronten-Rehbichel and Attlesee near Nesselwang around the castle ruins of Eisenberg and Hohenfreyberg.We started right at the Kögel-Alpe on a meadow path through Oberdolden and on to the first of the two pig pits on our hike, the Zeller pigs pigs. This district is located to the southwest of the castle pond of the two castle ruins for better distinction. A little way outside of Schweingg we turned left to reach the castle pond shortly afterwards.We briefly enjoyed the morning quiet at the lake with the Hohenfreyberg ruins in the background and enjoyed the swans that were out and about on the lake. We now bypassed the lake to the south on a forest path and followed this on the direct path to the Schlossbergalm.We passed the castle ruins to the south, without climbing up to them this time. We live in the region and have visited the castles several times, so we saved ourselves the climb.At the Schlossbergalm, we continued to today's highlight, the Drachenköpfle. The Drachenköpfle is a mountain west of Eisenberg with a large summit cross and a memorial to the victims of both world wars. Usually all around tree-covered a lane allows a distant view of Beichelstein, Senkelekopf, Buch, Auerberg and in good weather to Hohenpeissenberg.Now it went north below the castle ruins. For the next 2 kilometers you actually have no view of the ruins that are hidden by trees. This asked us the question of how a castle advisor would have touted this feature to the future lord of the castle and how a conqueror would have treated his guide who wants to make him know that there should be two castles ... 😄This problem was solved when we approached the second Schweingg, this time the Seeger Schweingg. This district of Seeg is north of the castle pond. From then on the ruins could be seen again. Here the Allgäu cultural landscape opened up to us, starting with all might in spring. The still snow-covered peaks of the Edelsberg, Alpspitze and Reutter Wanne were added as a backdrop.Through Seeger Schweingg and Oberreuten we followed the local connecting road to the Kögelweiher, from there to make a detour to the Attlesee and to follow the reflection path "Ge (h) zeiten" for a while. On a forest path it went back to the Kögelweiher. On the way there we discovered the latest Allgäu trend: Holzmanderl! Well, for Steinmanderl there were little stones lying around ... 😄Arrived at the Kögelweiher, the finale was swiftly back to the Kögel-Alpe, where the real highlight of the day was waiting for us: coffee, specialty and a lot of delicious Kaiserschmarr‘n.😋😚And the moral of the story ‘, if you don't have a chance, if you can't stay at the place‘, better consolation with Kögel-Alp‘-Kaiserschmarr‘n! 😄
April 17, 2021
- 03:548.02 mi2.1 mph2,725 ft2,650 ft
Lesson of Life No. 297: Don't blindly trust your predecessors. They too do not always know the right way.The Schönleitenschrofen in the Ammergau Alps separates the Wankerfleck to the north from the Bannwaldsee (to put it very roughly), lies in front of the Hochplatte, is a neighbor of the Tegelberg and Branderschrofen ... and laughed at me several times in the past few days at my place of residence! That had to be remedied.The approach took place via the Drehhütte, which was unfortunately closed in April 2021 due to corona. In the main season, many walk the climb from the Tegelbahn valley station via the Hornburg and Rohrkopfhütte to the Drehhütte, but today I used the paved driveway due to the unclear path conditions and energy savings (so unfortunately no Kini-Schlösser pictures), from the upper Drehhütte- Parking spot. Further down, Holzlar were at work, overall the way to the hut was free of snow and ice.The trail continued to the Vordermühlberger Älpele. The branch was snow-covered and unplayed. Only one step indicated that there were hikers ahead of me. From here on I wore Grödel, which should still serve very well. In the steeper serpentine part, the path was pleasantly free of snow and ice, but wet, which is why I left the Grödel on. The last kilometer to Älpele was covered with snow again, but wasn't enough for the snowshoes that I had with me. Then I took the first break at the Älpele.We continued through knee-high snow-covered steep terrain towards the saddle between Spitzigschröfle and Schönleitenschrofen. The road markers were covered in snow and my predecessors walked ... right, Diretissima, so straight up the hill ... or down ... no matter, there was no other track and I had no ... desire to trace it myself.Arrived at the saddle, it went through a deeply snow-covered high valley until the entrance to the summit of the Schönleitenschrofen came. Without snow, the Schrofen is a relatively easy mountain for all sure-footed hikers. With snow, it too becomes a high alpine challenge. Especially when my predecessors can't read or recognize paths and somehow just crawl up there. I managed to stay on the climb to the summit and was rewarded with a wonderful all-round view on the summit, see pictures.Then I got down the wrong track and landed on the pathless steep terrain, which was briefly ... ticklish. With a quick prayer I managed to get back on the normal route. The rest of the way down was the same as up.All in all a nice tour, especially around the Vordermühlberger Älpele, which also gave me experience for the alpine winter.The Schönleitenschrofen in winter is not a “winter-there-I'll-go-quickly-up”, but requires alpine experience, surefootedness and the ability to recognize slopes and paths even without markings. The real challenge here is not the up, but the down to the first 900m from the summit.
April 10, 2021
First of all: What is a "Gaaßleitn"? In the Franconian Forest, this is used to describe steep forest slopes and barren mountain meadows, which in the past could hardly be cultivated - except with goats, in Franconian: "With the Gaass".From the starting point at the market square of Wartenfels with the Catholic parish church St. Bartholomäus we walked downhill and then kept to the left. On the main street we follow the sidewalk to the “Berghof / Restaurant Ursprung” by star chef Alexander Schütz. There we turned right and climbed the Traischelberg, a typical "Gaaßleitn". Once at the top of the chapel, we enjoyed the beautiful view over Wartenfels, into the Zettlitztal and towards Kulmbach.We now followed the exemplary markings through the forest to the paper mill. After a short stretch along the road, we turned left and follow the gravel path along the stream, always following the marking, a path through the forest, always along the stream and past the Daigmühle. At the end of the path we turn left onto the gravel path.We walked this gravel road until a forest path branched off to the left. This led us to Altenreuth. We followed the village road up to the county road, turned right and after a short stretch along the road we turned left onto a dirt road. We followed this uphill, at the edge of the forest we enjoyed the wonderful view of the Fichtel Mountains.Continuing following the marking, we crossed the forest and came to the historic Kreuzstein above Geuser. We crossed the street and initially stayed on the gravel road over the Hohlohe. When we left the forest, we were offered wonderful views of the Kulmbacher and Kronacher Land.In Oberehesberg we went downhill on the road and shortly after the end of the village turned right onto a field and meadow path. We follow this past Unterehesberg until we took our well-deserved rest at the edge of the forest. Strengthened, we now followed the gravel road. In the sharp left bend we turn left into a forest path and follow the stream downwards. The way was blocked for a good part by felled trees that we had to avoid. At the end of the path we went left directly past a quarry that had been abandoned in the meantime and then followed the right path steadily uphill to the so-called “Europaweg”. This always led us along the slope and offered us wonderful views of the Obermainische Bruchschollenland and the Kronacher Land.Following the good signs, we went steeply uphill and passed a wayside cross - the former cemetery cross of Wartenfels. We followed the dirt road to the Wartenfelser cemetery, at the cemetery wall we turned left and walked a meadow and forest path to the barns above the sports field. Past the hard court, we turned left on the street above the sports area, followed this a short distance, kept right and turned right again at the rectory.Via the "Trepperla" (Franconian "Drebberla"), a steep staircase, we got back to the starting point at the market square. Made it! 😄😅👍(Source text: frankenwald-tourismus.de/de/touren/detail/596f6eb9975a4a5691482bc6)A great and exemplary signposted round through a wonderful landscape.
April 3, 2021
Today a forest bath in the Buchwald, the continuation of the Plassenberg to the east. Of course with the Plassenburg and its highlight, the Schöne Hof with its two rows of relief portraits of the margraves and their wife. As a delicacy I have Kunigunde von Orlamünde, better known as the white woman and Albrecht Alcibiades, who led to the destruction of Kulmbach in 1553/54 due to his warfare. That is why these portraits are surrounded with snakes and not with garlands like the other images.We then continued on the Markgrafenweg in the direction of Tennach, then via Rückewege through the spring forest back to the Hans-Edelmann-Steg over the White Main and on to the starting point.
March 31, 2021
The Wankerfleck and the Kenzen area are among the most beautiful areas of the Allgäu. Unfortunately, both are deep in the Ammergau Alps and the Kenzenbus (hallech - Kenzenhütte) does not run in winter. The area has long appealed to us. At the end of March there was then the opportunity to do this tour as the finale for winter 20/21 in snow and over 15 degrees of sunshine.Deviating from the classic routes from halfth over the road or through the Lobental, we started from Buchenberg. To do this, we parked in the hiking car park in continuation of the mountain road above Buching. There we first followed the Buchenberg circular route before we descended following the signs into the steep ravine of the Tiefenbach. From there we followed the snow-covered, but well-signposted paths, circled the Hennenkopf, only to cross the Lobental and then follow the Bockstallbach from its confluence with the Lobentalbach uphill to the Bockstallbach. If you then cross the weir, it is only a stone's throw to the Wankerfleck. If you stop at the Wankerfleck Chapel, you have already 8 kilometers in your legs up to here. From the Buchenberg level up to here you stay roughly at the same height.My planning would have ended here. But after the rest, we became ambitious. The Kenzenhütte and the waterfall there were practically within reach. So to say. Note: Explain not only the walking time to your hiking partnership, but also that it might go uphill again. Then the thrown stones hurt less ... 😅🤗😘Anyway, after 8 kilometers the 2 kilometers to the Kenzenhütte, which are also steep, are not pleasant ... but worthwhile! Since the last major snowfall, we were only the second to be at the waterfall, just great.Then we went back the same way.At least Grödel should be there!At the beginning only lightly snow-covered, the snow cover grew the deeper we got into the mountains. Frozen harshly in the morning, the snow softens to mashed potatoes from morning onwards. If the thickness of the snow was sufficient for snowshoeing at the latest from the Lobental valley, a broken track prevented exactly that. Pedestrians without snowshoes or skis had fought their way up beforehand (there is no other way to describe it) and left deep holes across the width of the path. As a result, walking becomes very tedious in sections. From the Wankerfleck chapel to the waterfall, snowshoes are better than Grödel, especially when the snow is soft.A long tour without a mobile phone network for those with strong stamina who are rewarded with a dream landscape.
March 29, 2021