I had been planning to do the Heukuppe and Dreimarkenstein earlier in the week, but I woke up late and felt too tired for the 90 minute drive. However, I dragged myself out of bed this morning and set of with a good weather forecast to look forward to. There are many ways up the Heukuppe, some harder than others. I wanted to try a new route and went up the Gretchensteig:
It is a very basic Klettersteig and I was able to keep my trekking poles in one hand:
It weaves its way splendidly up a ridge and offers some great views. I got to the summit in good time and the wind was much lighter than last year; the Heukuppe can be quite a windy summit. The view back to the Fischbacher Alpen was fantastic:
I got set up nicely and put out my call:
20m is definitely the stronger band at the moment and I have never had such large pile-ups on 20 as today. I went down to 40 but there were only a handful of contacts. There is a very nice hut on the way to the Dreimarkenstein:
And still some patches of snow despite a very hot summer:
All the food in the hut is organic, so I had a carrot and ginger soup; very healthy. I finished up quite quickly and headed straight round to the Dreimarkenstein, which takes about 45 minutes. There is not much at the summit, but you can often get out of the wind at least:
The pile-up here was much better than in the morning and I was bashing the brass for a good hour before things died down😎. Here is the log:
A very satisfactory activation. I also contacted Laurent F8CZI and Colin M1BUU, which was nice; I think today was possibly the first time I have worked Colin. Thank you to all the chasers who made today so enjoyable.
The way back to the car park leads down another beautiful ridge:
I got back to the car at almost exactly 17:00, so about a 9 hour day. After all my exertions in Iceland, it really didn’t feel like much at all. Hopefully I can keep my condition into the winter season.
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