We set off from the #schachen
after a last glass of tea, eyeing the Meilerhütte- at the bottom of the V in the mountain ridge above (2nd pic) - it’s so far away, it might not show in the photo. After I shot and posted the IG story, we heard thunder and saw the dark clouds gathering on the Auatrian side, near the #zugspitze
. We hoped we could make it before the storm hits. 1/3 of the way up, just leaving the zone of vegetation, we encountered 2 women coming down. They warned us of the deteriorating conditions and asked us to reconsider- maybe turning back. All the crosses ✝️ I’ve seen on other mountain ridges such as the #latschenkopf
reminded me how easy it was to lose your life up in these exposed regions (lightning, 100km/h+ winds, rain, cold, or all together 😳). ⛈🌩❄️🌧🌬My husband and I were slowly running out of condition and we would do more harm rushing... I was in doubt, he thought the storm wouldn’t be so fast, Daisy felt our concern and ran around us like a sheepdog to keep the herd together, always picking up the one falling behind. We called the #Meilerhütte
and asked for the conditions above.
The lady of the refuge told us that the Austrian 🇦🇹 side was a hefty thunderstorm, but the German side was still clear - the window was there, but getting smaller. Turning back would probably be as risky as going ahead, as descending at that elevation with rain and wind would probably be even more challenging. There’s nothing we could do but bite in, put on our jackets, and go as fast as condition and safety would allow. We crossed thevridge of a cliff with howling winds. We climbed steep rocky slopes taking a breather every 10 steps. We ran over the few flat expanses, watching the clouds and feeling the first drops of rain hit our wind-chilled skin, and keeping tab on every flash of lightening and rumble of thunder. On the #Zugspitze
, the thunderstorm was already shrouding the summits. My heart was pounding, and we moved forward. 😨😱😳
When we finally arrived, we were exhausted & thankful. The Thunderstorm never reached us, just a few raindrops and wind. We were so glad, and somehow happy and proud looking out the window!