Hiking in Austria

About Hiking in Austria

I went on a conference up above in the mountains in Austria. I was surprised to find out that in the schedule, a day is left out for "other planned activity". I could easily decipher that people might be wishing for a party,  but not a gala day-night long party.Later the professor disclosed that the daredevils (including him) wish to use this opportunity for a group-hike in the mountain. :) I guess I had not heard such sweet words for a long time......

Then one fine morning, we headed from our University towards this place called "Bartholomaeberg" in Vorarlberg, Austria which is adjacent to Konstanz. It's a small village up in the mountain from where spectacular views of Mt. Zimba and drei Tuerme (three sisters) were visible, as well as the city down in the valley. We stayed in a chalet for a few nights and enjoyed the landscape with, off course an extensive conference session. Then the hike-day (yaaay!) came, 6 of us headed towards more challenging trek, while the rest decided only to go uphill for a small untiring walk. 

Without showing pity to these non-hiking fellas, we happily started our trip to drive towards Silvretta Alps.A dam, named "Vermunt-Stausee" is constructed up in the hills where we got down from our cars and initiated the hike. The first impression was to hike up to a hut in the Alps, but later we found that the hut was closed due to extreme weather conditions in the last few days. Fearing that we might starve with water after having a very strainous hike up in there, we chose another section of hike to Mt. Hochmaderer, where we assumed that the hut is open. Though we never really ended up to that hut, our assumption was not wrong, while we distantly saw a few other hikers from the opposite ridge to reach and enjoy drinks and beverages at the hut.

We crossed a small mountain stream and started to ascend with an eye on the landscape, that evolved very fast. The Vermunt-stausee started to display it's shape more robustly, finally making a complete disappearance after we landed in the first mountain valley up above few hundred metres. The slopes weren't really steep at that point in time, but I slipped once, while I wasn't very careful and was enjoying to take pictures while ascending.

Then we started the last and the most difficult part of the climb - good amount of steep ascend and the landscape was totally rocky. The last part were too challenging for me, but I never wanted to quit when the destination is only a few feets away, so I dared myself to climb. Thanks to my destiny that day, I could make it well to the top and the reward was truly spectacular. The name of it was Hochmadererjoch, and "joch" denotes the "V-shape". Up above, I could look at both valleys, distant Austrian dams, Swiss mountains of the East (St. Moritz side), and the crazy playing of the clouds and their reflection over the valley.

I also saw a few Marmot and Ibex while going up, which totally made the excursion worthy. We rested for an hour and had our lunch there, took some beautiful group photos, celebrated our victory and finally decided to descend. Again the starting point now is challenging not to slip, which I successfully did. While descending, we rested a little bit near the fountain. Finally, the Hochmadererjoch disappeared and the Vermunt stausee lake down in the valley was visible. The broken clouds and their reflection made the moment a really really unforgettable one. 

After having spent a great day, we came back to the Vermunt-stausee lake to catch our cars. Finally, Au-revoir to Silvretta and we came back to Bartholomaeberg for the next day's conference. The trip, though we had in 2010, takes a permanent history in my memory, and only good-memories.


About Hiking in Austria
Date created : 2015-09-28 16:34:44
Location Austria
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