We had just two days of our holiday left in Austria and the weather was once again good. For this expedition I was with Judy (XYL) and we again caught the 08.50am bus from Seefeld to MIttenwald, alighting at the working village of Geisenbach, just before we reached the German border at Scharnitz.
The six point summit of Zaunlkopf at 1756m high (SOTA reference OE/TI-656) was our target and I had planned out a circular walk of around 12 Km. The valley where we alighted the bus was at around the 1000m level in Geisenbach.
We set off to walk 5 Km on the Eppzirlweg track (No.15) within a gorge with a fast flowing river alongside us. From the signage and our map we knew this would lead us to a mountain summer farm, known as Oberbrunn Alm, a hut which lies at 1523m in a majestic position above the Karl and Eppzirl Valleys.
We were hoping to have some refreshments when we reached the Alm and use the toilet. Never pass a toilet without making use of it is our motto. We then hoped to double back and make our way up through some woodland to the summit of Zaunlkopf OE/TI-696 which was about 1.5 Km NNW along the Mittagkopfsteig path (No.30).
|Our rest stop for refreshments - Oberbrunn Alm|
|The farmers ex-military 4X4 Vehicle|
We reached the Alm (Summer Farm) before 11.00am and I ordered a beer for me and water for Judy. There were four other people eating and drinking and the guest room was part of a large kitchen where the farmers wife was cooking food on a very large stove. The beer went down well after the climb of over 500m up the mountain. Just before we were presented with the bill we were given a glass of schnapps each. This tasted very nice.
|The generous farmer posing with Judy|
|Oberbrunn Alm - a welcoming place for refreshments|
This was a leisurely activation and after we had eaten our lunch I set up the station. Once again Roy G4SSH was first in the log on 10.118 MHz CW (Morse) and the best DX (distance) contact was with N4EX Rick in the USA on the 20m CW band. I had 43 contacts in Morse but 20m SSB was poor. Repeated CQ calls using 100 watts produced just one contact with ON3VS/M in Beliuim. I was on the air for 45 minutes and we left the summit at 1.30pm.
|Operating from Zaunlkopf on Single Sideband Phone|
|Some unusual fungi on a tree by the track leading off Zaunlkopf|
This was my last activation from this beautiful area in the Austrian Tirol and German Karwendel and Wetterstein areas of the Alps. The four days spent activating produced 422 contacts over the 9 summits activated, giving me a total of 72 SOTA points towards the Mountain Goat Award.