Austria, 21st June 2008
Mike in his element!
Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 2: The Pilgrim's Way to St Wolfgang
A veritable bevy of beauties, who's the bloke on the end?
Downtown St Gilgen
Along the northern shore
Looking SE towards Strobl with St Gilgen in the foreground
Couldn't resist this pretty chalet
Relaxing on the ferry back to Strobl
Day 3: High on the Postalm (meadow)
Bleckwand summit ridge
View from the ridge of Wolfgangsee
An easier way down by Paragsailing
Bleckwand Hut where even Austian beer tasted good
Day 3: Free Day
Margaret and Anne on the rack
Brian in a typical pose
Perhaps he wasn't the only one
Sandra giving the camera the "What are you up to" look
Anyone for vertigo?
Back to St Wolfgang
Day 5: The Zwolferhorn Mountain 720' up and 3380' down
Day 6: The Goisererhohenweg
Ledgend trail with wood sculrtures
Ewige Wand cliff
Day 7: Postalm revisited
Who has the best hair?
That's snow and still we go up.
The summit of Braunedkogel (1894m) and we have every right to look a bit knackered after such a stony zig-zag course on scree.
It rains in mountains
Refreshment at Rettengghutte on the way down to the bus
Now for the flower lovers, gentians
There are some advantages to doing the easier walks
Two of our beauties in the dining room on the first evening
Waiting for the PostBus to take us NW along the southern shore of Lake Wolfgang to St Gilgen. For some of us this will be 2170' up and 2210' dowm in 30 deg heat
For lovers of pub quizes Mozart's mum was born here.
This route was taken bt St Wolfgang (then the Bishop of Regensberg, 972-994).
Waiting for the bus for a 30 minute ride to Austria's 2nd largest alm, 4000' up. 1620' up and a knee testing 4040' down for some.
First Max's pack emulated a bouncing bomb down the hillside and then Brian tried the aerial route without the benefit of a parasail
The choices were shopping in Salzberg, Hallststt or St Wolfgang or the Schafberg Rack steam railway and beer. Mmmmh what should I choose?
We were chased by a waiter here.
Bus to St Gilgen and then by gondola to the summit of the Zwolferhorn (1522m). The a walk along the ridge NW to Fuschl on the Aroweg long distance path (1200km).
A bit of posing before starting out on the walk through meadows and hamlets to the Ewige Wand cliff.
Better to keep close to the wall!
This was probably the most difficult day for the harder walk people, up and down 2610'.. But hey we were up in the clouds soon after leaving the bus.
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