Spring Mountain Trails and the Pedometer Challenge

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 Off the Deutsche Alpen Strasse near Bayrischzell: Spring Mountain View

This week I would like to continue with my theme ‘the Alps are stunning even when the weather is dull’ and introduce another couple of scenes from the German Alpine Way (‘Deutsche Alpine Strasse’). I would also like to also introduce you to a new ‘incentive to walk’ device and my team in a new RiskBusters fitness challenge.

Let us start with the Mountain views. To enjoy these you just drive down the Deutsche Alpine Strasse in the direction of Bayrischzell and you will not have to look very far. There are plenty of parking spots where you can leave your car, put on some good walking shoes and within minutes you will be closer to nature. Excellent Alpine cuisine is also close to hand.

German Alpine Way: South side of the Wendelstein Mountain in Spring

German Alpine Way: South side of the Wendelstein Mountain in Spring

The most exciting development during the last week was aimed at getting my colleagues to take up more exercise in order to help them work off their Winter reserves of energy stores (kept in strategically positioned fat deposits in key locations around the body). The RiskBusters’ team therefore embarked upon a ‘Pedometer Challenge’ in which each person aims to walk ten thousand steps a day for the next few weeks. This will require us finding about 2 hours of walking time every day. The effort will certainly be worth it from a health point of view and there may even be a few cosmetic benefits. My own team decided to adopt some of RISKKO’s alpine friends as mascots (“You are not just walking for yourself, but a small animal is depending on you not to let him, or her, down!). Here is a photograph of me with the Mascots and our shiny new pedometer near the local waterfalls.

Alpine Team for the Walking Competition

Alpine Team for the Walking Competition

…..and where better to start our challenge than to climb the local ‘path for poor souls’ (Armen Seelen Weg). Here is the sign and the entrance to the path.

Armen Seelenweg ('Road for Poor Souls') sign post

Armen Seelenweg (‘Road for Poor Souls’) sign post

Start on the Armen Seelenweg

Start on the Armen Seelenweg

The next few photographs are of the author and one of the ‘mascots’ conquering the poor souls’ path. When you see the steepness of the path and the rather sharp fall at the edge of the path I think you will realise why it got its name.

RISKKO climbs the Armen Seelenweg

RISKKO climbs the Armen Seelenweg

Looking up the Armen Seelenweg

Looking up the Armen Seelenweg

Looking down the Armen Seelenweg

Looking down the Armen Seelenweg

and finally another view from the Deutsche Alpine Strasse….

Off the Deutsche Alpen Strasse near Bayrischzell: Spring Mountain View 2

Off the Deutsche Alpen Strasse near Bayrischzell: Spring Mountain View 2

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2 thoughts on “Spring Mountain Trails and the Pedometer Challenge

  1. Hi Chris,

    We thoroughly enjoy your pictures and comments about the Alpine Countryside. During my almost five years in Germany with the US Army we spent many wonderful days there and fell in love with the area. I think you already know that my son Col. Robert Wade Duggleby Jr. will be stationed in Garmisch at the Marshal Center beginning late July or August. I can hardly wait to visit him next winter and get on the slopes again.

    Bob

    • Thanks Bob,
      Your feedback makes it all the more worthwhile. If these pics give Robert and his family some ideas about locations to visit that will be great. There are lots of little places around the German/Austrian border that are almost hidden but a real delight to visit (and taste the local cuisine).
      Servus (as they say in this part of the World),
      Chris.

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