The day before I had hiked to the Pfälzerhütte. The day started foggy, so I changed my plan and waited for improvement. Shortly before lunch, the clouds lifted somewhat, and I decided to head down the lower trail to Malbun. By the time I got there, the sun had come out. Although some clouds still hugged the Augstenberg, I figured it was good enough to take the high track back to the hut. Luckily, the weather kept improving, and I had some nice views up there.
Route Climbed: East RIdge Date Climbed: 20 October 2002
I did this alone. After 4 hours and 10 minutes of breaking trail in the snow, I reached the summit. At times, the snow came up over my pants zipper. It was a very fatiguing climb in the snow, and nothing like the easy climb of summer, when children stand around the summit cross. I was the only one up there, and there was no sign of tracks in the past.
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality."