Yesterday, deciding to capitalize on the sunny spring-like weather, I went back out to the Schöckl with a local friend. This time, a month later, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and the weather was just right: cool enough to be chilly while stationary and warm enough to be shedding layers while under way.
It was intriguing to see the difference that a month, a little precipitation, and some nice weather can make...
So that behind me?...That's what we're setting out to hike! The Schöckl looks so much smaller from the bottom! (From the summit, there's a surprisingly good view.)
This is a good spot for a sandwich break...no matter what the weather!
Now that the snow has melted, there is sap dripping down from the end of the trunk. (Clearly, this one was cut down, not blown down...)
It was a bit hazy, so it's hard to see the snow-capped mountains in the background. In the wintery weather, it's hard to see anything in the background!
On they way back down from the summit, approaching the tree line again. Apparently the tree line here is lower altitude than the tree line in Colorado.
And here we are! At the summit cross at the south (I think) end of the Schöckl...and who can resist a little fun on the hang glider runway?!
P.S. Just an interesting tidbit to close: Apparently, in 1811, reaching the summit of Schöckl was an expedition that required several days and a professional guide, as there were still wolves and bears that roamed the area back then. Nowadays we don't have to worry about becoming bear food!