Wednesday, 25 July 2018
'Summer in the Alps' Day 24 - Zug to Stuttgarter Hütte (2310 metres)
A friendly start with a hearty breakfast from our hosts, who complained about poor business this season. They encouraged us to walk across the golf course to regain yesterday's path. There's obviously an issue here, as we received angry shouts from distant golfers whilst taking today's top photo from a bridge some distance from the fairway.
We strolled pleasantly into Lech on another sunny morning. Food, water bottle for Sue, two pens and an up to date version of map number 33 were all sourced within about 50 metres of the Rufikopf Seilbahn.
€30 and 900 vertical metres later, we were enjoying cappuccinos at the Rufikopf restaurant, served by a Nepali mountain guide.
The 6.5 km walk to the Stuttgarter Hütte was an absolute delight, with lunch at Bockbachsattel (2336 metres) granting us possibly the best panoramic views of the entire trip. Glittering summits in the direction from which we'd come, and the imposing block of Zugspitze ahead.
Our attempt to arrive at the Hütte after 3pm narrowly failed. Our attempt to get a litre of tea and an apfelstrudel before 3pm succeeded.
It's a great place with friendly clientèle. Time to chill and socialise before dinner at 7pm. We don't often have that luxury!
Today: 11 km, 500 metres ascent
The view back, shortly after setting off
This area has an open door policy
Lunch with Zugspitze