Untersberg again...

Grodig Travel Blog

 › entry 43 of 50 › view all entries
View from the second peak towards the first
I had my friend Irvin for a visit from London, and since we spent the first day chatting away and marveling at the planes in and the architecture of Hangar 7, day two was more nature-bound. Actually my friend wanted to go to Zell am See, but since he is more into hiking than skiing, I suggested going up to Untersberg. Besides, Irvin loves snow. So on our way we were.
The nice man at the counter gave us both discounts, me for being a student and Irvin for being with a student. And then again a nauseating ride on the cable-car. But this time I was able to see three chamois on our way up and two on our way down. I love those animals, living risky lives and all.
Up on the mountain, Irvin got a fright at how high up we were, what with seeing the whole snow clad area beneath us.
Me, braving the slopes
He got even more frightened, when he realized we were able to leave the hut and go up even higher. And so we did, being passed by three japanese girls who clearly got high from the height... singing and jumping about. First we went up to the first cross and Irvin, who has a really professional cam, made some pictures of the glistening powdery snow and the area. He got a bit of unstable on his feet on our way down, not being accustomed to showing the snow who the master was... kick it, till it supports you, as my dad put it. I told him to just slide down, as I did, but he insisted on walking... I told him, I'd catch him... but in all honesty, we would both probably went a good three hundred metres down the slope before coming to halt.
So I decided, I better get him fed, what with heavy Kasnockn and a beer, he would be too drowsy to complain.
Glory mountain from the ground station
And so it was, almost... because he was now complaining about how full he was. ;-)
And up to the second peak we went... not without considerable difficulties. He was wearing the wrong shoes and not knowing how to walk up the steep slopes and being unwilling to slide down, I had to lead him by the hand. Midway, I saw a guy standing there with the really wrong shoes and joked about how Irvin would make it, because even the guy with those completely wrong shoes had... when the guy laughed and said, he was just waiting here for his friend to come back from the peak, because he was unable to go on.
Well, with a lot of pursuading, Irvin went on too and we were able to hug the cross.
I was thrilled, with the sun shining and all, but Irvin even sang... like the japanese girls did. I guess the mountain-air does that to people... like I really wanted to go to another peak. There is a skiing route all over the ridge, but Irvin was quite satisfied with his achievements and I had to be back in Uni by five.
So, there we are, on top of the world...
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
View from the second peak towards …
View from the second peak towards…
Me, braving the slopes
Me, braving the slopes
Glory mountain from the ground sta…
Glory mountain from the ground st…
Can you find the chamois?
Can you find the chamois?
The ground-station
The ground-station
Romantic winter scenery
Romantic winter scenery
Snow all over the place
Snow all over the place
Direction of the wind
Direction of the wind
Hug the cross
Hug the cross
People actually live there...
People actually live there...
Grodig
photo by: oceanroses