BB09Bav01 : Peaked Too Soon

Tuesday 1st September 2009

There is no doubt; Bavaria is beautiful.  Chocolate box perfect villages.  Stunning views of lakes and mountains.  Sausages and beer.  But how does walking in the Bavarian Alps compare with the English Lake District?  Bootboys Don and Jamie metamorphosed into Stiefeljunge in order to carry out the research.


From base camp in Schliersee, an hourís punctual train ride south of Munich, we caught the local bus up to the next lake, Spitzingsee, where there is a chair lift that took us up 1,180 feet to Stumpfling Berg at 4,904 feet  Thatís the first big difference (apart from the unrelenting sunshine) Ė the ability to go uphill with the only pain being in the wallet!  Of course, in winter this is a ski area, albeit a small one, and the green and seemingly benign pistes are very obvious with their snow cannons.

A green run!

Looking back to Spitzingsee

Itís a strange feeling getting off such a chair lift without skis on the feet.

Immediately on alighting, we were exposed to another key difference- the preponderance of mountain restaurants with their plates of tempting sausages, mustard, chips and beer. Resisting the temptation, we first climbed a minor and probably unnecessary bump before dropping down to a shoulder.  There we found a way marker announcing an estimated one and a quarter hours to the Bodenschneid summit.

The path lay up a steep and quite narrow nose.  The drops on either side could have been offputting but the path was good and there were plenty of trees to break your fall.  Here is the third key difference- trees.  We could see little but trees as we climbed.  After a quarter of an hour, I was despairing of having to face another hour of such sustained effort. However, shortly afterwards we emerged from the trees and it was an easy walk to the summit.  

Approaching the Bodenschneid summit

To my surprise, we had completed it in about 35 minutes.  And Jamie would have done it even quicker had he not had his old man slowing him down. Are the Germans slow or what?

And that was the fourth key difference.  We had peaked.  After just 1.5 miles from setting off.  It didnít feel right.  We had peaked too soon.

There could be no complaints about the views from the 5,476 feet high summit.  

The Bodenschneid summit

Looking from Bodenschneid to Tegernsee on the left, and the path to Schliersee to the right.

Looking north, we could just make out Munich and the Allianz Stadium- the huge tyre shaped stadium that changes colour depending on which team is playing.

There were quite a lot of folk up there and I suspect that not all of them had done it the easy way.  

Indeed, on the way down we came across a number of people, not spring chickens, it must be said, who were climbing the hill the proper way as there were no artificial aids on this route!.

That did look like hard work.


We lunched after the steep part of the descent, just above the Bodenschneidhaus mountain restaurant (once again avoiding temptation) from where we could see our way winding down the hill, to the woods in which we would spend much of the afternoon, heading back to Schliersee. 

Mountain hut with washing

Looking back to our descent from Bodenschneid

The forest trails can seem endless with only occasional vantage points to admire the scenery.  There were other distractions, however, like a black squirrel and a strange post with a Robin Hood type character (Herr von Locksley?) on one face plus Maid Marion on another.  And a very kind man on a bike who wanted to help us- he seemed quite disappointed that we were not lost!

A black squirrel

Robin von Locksley and Maid Marion?

At last emerging from the forest, we discovered several elderly gentlemen flying huge model planes.  

A glimpse of Schliersee

Old boys toys

From there we could see Schliersee, a mile or soís crow flight away.  I phoned Margaret and arranged to meet her for a celebratory beer and sausage in half an hour.  Temptation could wait no longer.

Summer curling

Unfortunately the road was not designed by the crow but wandered off in the wrong direction for some distance, which meant that we needed to up our pace significantly in order to meet at the designated time.

On the way, a mystery was solved.  The previous day, we had noticed, by a hut, a tarmacced area with strange markings.  It was obviously designed for some sort of game.  All was now clear- summer curling with plastic curling "stones".

Maybe it was the rush to meet up with Margaret or the heat on this last day of Bavarian summer but we felt quite tired as we downed the first pint at the WitalWelt wasp fest, overlooking the lake.  We had only done 8.8 miles, and 2,135 feet of climbing (albeit 4,313 feet of descent).  But I think it was psychological and not something that happens in the Lake Dsitrict- we had definitely peaked too soon.

 Don, 1st September 2009


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Tuesday 1st September


8.8 miles

Height climbed:

2,135 feet

Height descended:

4,313 feet

Other Key Features:

Schliersee, Spitzingsee, Bodenschneid


Don, Jamie




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2009 Outings

  • BB0901 : A Gordon Day Out
    Thursday 8th January
  • BB0902 : Thank You,
    Aunty Ethel!
    Wednesday 14th January 
  • BB0903 : A Wicked Hike???
    Wednesday 21st January
  • BB0904 : Take a Mug With You
    Sunday 25th January
  • BB0905 : Down in the Forest
    Thursday 29th January
  • BB0906 : Not How But Where?
    Thursday 5th February
  • BB0907 : Binsey Can Wait
    (but Uncle Monty Can Not)
    Thursday 12th February
  • BB0908 : Badgers on the Line
    Thursday 5th March
  • BB0909 : It's not a W!
    Thursday 12th March
  • BB0910 : Up on the Roof
    Thursday 26th March
  • BB0911 : Not the Blisco Dashers
    Thursday 2nd April
  • BB0912 : John's Comeback
    Monday 6th April
  • BB0913 : Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
    Thursday, 23rd April
  • BB0914 : Companions of the BOOT
    Thursday 30th April
  • BB0915 : The Gale Force Choice
    Thursday 7th May
  • BB0916 : The Comeback Continues
    Thursday 21st May
  • BB0917 : BOOTboys Encore !
    28th May - 2nd June
  • BB0918 : Hello Dollywagon
    Thursday 11th June
  • BB0919 : Has Anyone Seen Lily?
    Thursday 18th June
  • BB0920 : Ancient Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
    Thursday 25th June
  • BB0921 : The Tebay Fell Race Walk
    Thursday 2nd July
  • BB0922 : For England and St George 
    Thursday 9th July
  • BB0923 : The Coniston Outliers
    Friday 31st July
  • BB0924 : Little To Be Said In Favour?
    Thursday 6th August
  • BB0925 : The Third Night of the Rescue 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BB0926 : Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
    Thursday 20th August
  • BB0927 : Dear Mrs Scroggins
    Friday 11th September
  • BB0928 : An Ard Day's Hike
    Thursday 17th September



  • BH0901 : Back to the Beginning 
    Thursday 13th August
  • BSKIB09 : BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
    14th - 21st March
  • BB09XX : Los Chicos y las Chicas de la Bota
    11th - 14th May
  • BB09Bav01 : Peaked Too Soon
    1st September


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