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Sleeping with ear plugs was magical, we had bread an meusli mit Milch und Milch cafe for breakfast. We got our things and went outside to fill the water bag and prep the bags for the day.
(pict of you sitting with your backpack)
We climbed out of the crater to a amazing view with shrubs. To the first crossing to another country into Austria by walking. We walked down, about halfway down passed a cafe which wasn't open yet (it was still only 8 am).
(Some pict of the view & ice maybe)
We saw the sign taking about the taxi from the town to Madau base of the mountain, we decided to take the walk to at least the Bach town, and reevaluate there since it would be our longest day and didn't appear to be normal to walk it.
The hills and fields were beautiful, we got to town changed from our boots to our shoes and called for info about the taxi. The dispatch said they didn't know when the taxi would be back. We went to the market to re-supply a bit, got meat and cheese and nectarines. We read the sign for the taxi and it said 60euros for up to 4 people, we decided to keep going (We are that cheap).
(Pict of the wood walk & town underneath)
Leaving Bach towards Madau and found that the train was a pilgrimage trail with icons and benches along the way. We saw signs saying the village or the road would be closed that weekend. We were running really low on water for what we had left to do with only 700ml of water left. Our trail led us on the west of the river, until we got to the turn in the road and saw that the GPS trace we were following wasn't a path, this was the first mishap of the koomot app, we turned around and went back to where the village would be, and saw 1-2 signs for Gasthof, but no restaurants or markets on the road, and still no water.
We made some hiking staffs and started the gradual incline towards the mountains. We ate some wurst and talked to a nice older couple who were also on their way to the Memmingen hutt. We found a horse/hiker Wattering trough with running water, as we had seen elsewhere in villages and filled our water pack. We got to the end of the road and saw the cable car for taking packs and supplies up to the house. We read the signs 16€ per pack, that you can call with the téléphone up to the hütte, but we decided we had enough energy to just keep the bags since they weren't very heavy.
(Pict of the river & Cliff to hike)
We started the climb at around 3:30, expecting to be at the top way before 9pm (sunset) since we had only 2km left to do but 1km vertical also. We met a group coming down who warned us that it would take a trip least 2 hours, we smiled. Probably they thought we were going for a day hike as well.Yes we know...
Every 100 meters in altitude on our GPS we paused and had cheese, fig, tomatoes and wurst in alternation. This system and the cold water from the mountains spicket gave us energy and we made it to the top by 7pm!
We crossed a few waterfalls and ice flows. It was windy, we even put on our tuque and gloves. We got to see mountain goats in person and even saw them battle (or play) for king of the boulder.
(pict of waterfall & maybe video of goat)
We finally arrived at 7pm just before the kitchen closing of 7h30, it took us way longer than expected to do that last 2km.
(Pict of the hutt in the distance)
While waiting for dinner I started getting the chillsand, and I did put on m my winter clothes, but kept shivering. We sat with a mixed group of folks, one of them (I think the guide of the group said Mathieu didn't speak German, the rest of the table gave him an eye and said be careful (I had been speaking with them in German for over an hour before he arrived) he recovered by criticizing me of speaking hoch Deutsch, I shrugged. We ate most of our food to get energy and went out for a walk to enjoy the sunset and view the crystal mountain lake.
The view was breathtaking, and amazing!
(more pict of stuff that are "Breathtaking")
Again to bed early, tomorrow would be a short day only 14km, almost all downhill so we put in our earplugs and planned to wake up at 7:30... but of course at sunrise at 5.30am UP we were!