Thursday, 13 July 2017
Austria - Day 5
100 metres ascent
We enjoyed a slow start, thanks to a bit of drizzle that subsided as we left the hut at 8.30.
The first 600 metres descent was on a good path, if steep and infested with over-eager sheep.
Once down at the goods lift it was an easy, flattish stroll to the fleshpots of Steineralm. An attentive lady served us drinks in the sunshine with a fabulous mountain backdrop.
Then a delightful contouring path past some cute goats took us to a view that remained with us all morning. Down to Matrei and across the valley to the Venediger peaks that we will pass close to during the next week.
Path 12 led steeply down to some gentler tarmac and a final off road section into Matrei. Thanks to some text messages, we were accosted by Caroline from Collett's and taken to our home for the night, the Hinteregger Hotel. It's an ideal place to slot inside a couple of easy days' walking.
After popping straight out for some lunch, we embarked on a big wash and are now set fair with clean clothes. Hopefully we can leave some items we haven't needed here until we return in a week's time.
Later: we can, and we've spent a lovely sociable evening with an assortment of Collett's staff and clients, four of whom we've met before!
Looking back to Sudetendeutsche Hütte
The view from Steineralm
Matrei and the Venediger massif
A present for AlanR