Stockport Ramblers Holiday in Mayrhofen!

Welcome back from Mayrhofen everyone!

Some of you have asked for a reminder of where we have been and what we have done in the week, so here goes.

Sunday:- Our first morning in Mayrhofen was met by heavy rain, after a long spell of hot sunny weather. Did the arrival of Stockport Ramblers influence this, or was it pure coincidence?

We decided to split into two groups, one group doing a circular walk along the river down the valley and back to Mayrhofen.

The other group walked from the town to the Zimmereben hut, (at 853 metres,) where we had refreshments and complimentary Schnapps. The weather by now was improving, so we continue to the Astegg Chalet (at 1,170 metres,) for further refreshments before descending to Finkenberg past several waterfalls and back to Mayrhofen.

Monday:- We all took the Penken lift, which ascended 1,360 metres, (approximately the height of Ben Nevis,) to the Penken ridge. We all walked along the Penken ridge to the Wangalm, with magnificent views of Mayrhofen, across to the Ahornspitze and along the Tuxer valley to Hintertux and the glacier beyond. At this point some of us decided to wander back to the mountain restaurant for ice creams, while some ascended the Wanglspitz, at 2,420 metres.

Tuesday:- Most of us travelled to the Stillup Valley by minibus, while three of us hired electric mountain bikes to do the journey. The Stillup Valley is thought by many to be the most picturesque valley in the area. We walked up the valley to the Stilluphaus for refreshments, (at 1,192 metres,) and avoiding a rain shower, before walking back to Mayrhofen, a descent of 550 metres.

Wednesday:- We all took the Ahorn cable car, again, an ascent roughly the height of Ben Nevis. We all walked to the Karl von Edel hut at 2,238 metres for refreshments. From here, some took a circular route back to the cable car. Others continued onwards to climb an easy Via Ferrata route, using fixed cable guides and rungs set in the rocks to aid climbing. Four of the group climbed to the summit of the Toreggenkopf, at 2,470 metres.

Thursday:- A showery day, so we took the service bus to Brandberg. We had morning coffee and Apfelstrudel in a beautiful typically Tyrollean room in the Gasthof Thanner. We descended back to Mayrhofen through forest, down a steep but well constructed path, passing and having lunch at the Pignellen Chapel. Several of us did a loop around Laubichl to complete another lower level but wonderful day out.

Friday:- Some of us decided on an excursion to Innsbruck.
Others took minibuses to the head of the Tuxer Valley to Hintertux. After a ride on the Sommerbergbahn cable car, we split into two groups.
One group climbed to the Tuxer Joch Haus for refreshments, then took a long and attractive descent down the Weitental for a circular route back to Hintertux.
The other group ascended to the col at Kaserer Schartl, at 2,446 metres, where some decided to return by the same route, and two decided to complete their week on a high by summiting the Frauenwand at 2,541 metres, and the Weisse Wand at 2,518 metres.

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