preparing for Grauspitz
Although shrouded in thick clouds at the start of the hike and for quite a ways, we persevered and lucked out that the clouds broke and gave us great views the rest of the day. Yippee!
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.
Went over the Augstenberg on the way to the Naafkopf. Took a nice break at the summit. You can see just about the whole country from the top.
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.