Yes, that's right. I gave up a perfectly good flying day for my first love, a good via ferrata. I really needed a long workout, and hiking up to launch was good, but not long enough for a hard day. So I woke up early (again) and hiked quite a few miles to get to the start of the hike, on what seemed like the hottest day of the summer here in Austria. By 7 am it was scorching, and I burned through all of my water for the day on my way UP the mountain! (Yes, I found more later)
It's about a 1400 meter climb from the valley up to the peak, which is named Pyramid after its shape. The trail really is split into 3 sections. A nice road up the valley, then a huge section of scree in the middle of the trail, then a short bit of via ferrata at the end. The section of cables was so short and easy that I didn't even use my klettersteig kit, although I did put on my helmet and gloves as there was a chance of rockfall from people above me. This trail was actually more of a hiking trail with a klettersteig problem. The cabling was much easier than some of the hard ones we had been doing lately. Jim stayed back to get over the cold that I had given him, but he didn't miss much. Coming back down the scree was slow going.
Luckily the view from the top was really nice, especially since I had taken the tough way to get up this time. Just yesterday I was cruising around some nice alpine peaks, but flying around them seems too easy, sometimes! Stopping at the peak was deliciously cool, too...I felt like I had been sweating buckets since starting out this morning.
|This cross looks like the lightning got it|
|Passing by the Walchsee on the way to the peak|
|The pyramid is there in the distance...it still seems a long way away!|
|The pyramid waiting above me|
|Finally, a water refill!|