Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ascents of Jenner and Schneibstein in the Bavarian Alps

We were going to tour Berchtesgaden, the Dokumentation Center, and the Kehlsteinhaus. But the weather suggested another day hike for me in the Koenigsee area. I opted for a ride up onto the Jenner, a 74m ascent of it, and then a much longer climb up its neighbor, the Schneibstein. The trail up Schneibstein is what the Germans and Austrians call a kletterweg; part trail, part blazes over rough ground, elementary rock-climbing skills and experience required. I found it the most taxing trail I have done so far, though not particularly long.
Hobbit-sized cable car, and a very long ride up the

From the summit of Jenner, the Untersberg, and
to the right, in the distance, Salzburg; click to
enlarge and you'll see the Hohensalzburg Fortress

Summit cross of Jenner

Below, the fiord-like Koenigsee, and the south face
of Watzmann, the big mountain in the area

Starting my climb up Schneibstein, a vew of the
back-side of Goll; on its other side is the
Kehlsteinhaus, the Eagles Nest

Crossing into Austria; again

Exactly 1,000 feet below Schneibstein's summit

Schneibstein summit cross

Big mountains to the west

Watzmann from Schneibstein

Looking back down to Jenner

Rocks on the trail, worn down, polished, by many boots
over the years

Schneibstein from the saddle between it 
and Jenner

On the ride back down, I was treated to a tandem
parasail flying rings around the cable-car line


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