Following the snow track up Hochschlegel...and a bit of a bitter note to an otherwise perfect day
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You can see how deep the snow is here...it was further up on this trail, quite near to the summit, that I had a bit of a bitter note to this otherwise spectacular fairy-tale winter day in the Lattengebirge. The top of Hochschlegel is regularly used as a starting point for paragliders. Shortly before the top of the mountain, I spotted two of them, getting ready for take-off, and one of them had spread his whole paraglider right across this trail (even though there was by far enough other terrain to put himself on!!!), expecting other people very naturally to plod around it in the thigh-deep snow, and if that isn't possible, oh well then, tough luck...as if that weren't enough, he did everything he could to show me how pissed off he was that I had the insolence to be using this trail why he was preparing to sail off, assuming right from the start that I was going to be some sort of an idiot and trod over his ropes, and when I ever so gently lifted the end of the tile of his paraglider just to give myself a bit of a better stance while trying to get around it, he started insulting me and saying: My God, what people there are - just incredible! Then I asked him if, when one sees a plodding trail through deep snow, it is really necessary to block it in such a way. His reply was: "Yes, it is! This here is a starting point for paragliding!" Then his colleague started getting at me, saying: "Hey, we live here, yes? You're only visiting, so behave!"
In any case, when I reported this incident at the Predigtstuhlbahnen, the man who I reported to told me many thanks, and he will mention this at the next assembly of the board - hang- and paragliders are not allowed to act this way.
This is often the shadowed side of certain areas - people tend to think that just because it's their home and they live there, that they can do just as they please, even disregarding certain safety laws...
I'm telling you this just to point out, that if you're on a winter trail and paragliders or other people act like that and claim what they think is their "possession right", don't let them! They have no right to block trails, particularly when there is deep snow, and one should not just let this happen.