Monday 21 July 1980 - diarist: Dave, then Nick - Pettneu to Leutkircher Hutte
Woke up very early on to a sound and light show by mother nature. [Meanwhile, the Mk IV brigade also woke - to the crunching of rubbish by a local field mouse; it took two attempts to discourage it - nearly trapped it in Colin's boot. - M] Discovered that tent was in the middle of a puddle, with a stream flowing through the top. Also the river got ominously louder. In the morning, thanks to leaky groundsheets in both tents, everyone's sleeping bag had got a bit wet, especially Ruaridh and Colin's.
The Mk IV crowd
got their tent down first and bogged off to the town. Nick and Dave followed 15
minutes later and met them at the railway station, where times of trains to
It was raining when we set off; this turned to sleet half way up, and eventually to snow near the top. The wind also rose so that it was impossible to see further than 100 yards for long periods.
Unfortunately Dave begun to feel the effects of lack of food and the lazy day on Monday, and lagged further behind until everyone else was out of sight. [But the rest could see him! - M] The path to the hut was easy and gentle, but occasionally got hidden by the flying snow.
We eventually reached the hut at about 3 pm. Much washing, drying, drinking, postcard writing, eating and card playing. But no beer drinking!!!
Hope tomorrow's weather is better so that we can go to the next hut. Also hope that if we get bad weather again the fast people learn to use a bit of common sense.
This day was a disaster, diary wise. Maybe it was because Dave needs beer to lubricate his writing hand. There wasn't even an after dinner teewasser. Very cold outside by bedtime - freezing hard. Tomorrow we are on the R601 again, to Ulmer Hutte.
A good meal was had at the Leutkircher Hutte. Soup (with or without sausage), and then spaghetti or meatloaf and noodles.