November could be a quite miserable month in the border regions of Bavaria in Germany – low hanging clouds would linger on all day long, creating a gloomy atmosphere that would eventually cause “lowland cabin fever”. The cure is a hike in the mountains, of course, to get above the miserable clouds and into the sun!
Now mid November is not exactly the greatest time for hiking in the alps, but my friend Johannes and I set out to hike Sonntagshorn nevertheless. It is the highest peak in the Chiemgau alps, and we chose the approach from Heutal, which limits the total elevation change to around 1000m/3300 feet.
It had of course snowed already at these elevations, and the trails were a muddy mess. Worst of all, the rustic alpine rest stop at Hochalm is closed in November. Drama! Since we were already above the clouds by then, we sat down on their deserted deck and had our sandwiches before we continued to the summit.
At the summit of Sonntagshorn it was pretty windy and (unsurprisingly, but still) cold, so after adding our names to the register we went back down and found some shelter from the wind in the low growing alpine pines that are locally called “Latschenkiefer” to enjoy the “summit shot” whiskey from a flask that I had brought along. :)
On the way back down the clouds slowly crept into Heutal, which made for some interesting photos as well.
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