For this particular event, I wanted to show one of the interesting borders between Germany and Austria: a so-called "green" border. No guards or fence, just an open space. In the summertime, you can cross a virtual borderline between the two countries during a hike without even noticing it. This time, however, the snow represented a physical border
to me and prevented me from actually reaching this place.
This March we had very unseasonable loads of snow and this is what actually happened: on a bright Sunday morning I went to Spitzingsee by train and bus. Spitzingsee is a little village alongside a beautiful lake with the same name and is located in the Bavarian Alps, close to the Austrian border.
As part of my gear, I carried a big tripod for my medium format camera. So there was no way to take along my touring skis as well. After a two hours walk on a little snow-covered road
, I realized that the next part of my hike would be on a path
that had only been used by two touring skiers in the last days, and this track would actually not carry my weight. I was in deep ...snow.
For another three-quarters of an hour I advanced slowly, every now and then sinking into the snow with my climbing boots. My GPS indicated that I'd have to spend the night somewhere in the snow if I continued trying to reach this "green" border.
When I came to a guidepost, one of the signs indicated a route to the Sonnwendjoch - a mountain with the German word for solstice (Sonnwend) as part of its name. I decided that this was my personal border for the day and it is also a perfect place for a panorama. Enjoy!