Hiking is the popular pastime among Bavarians and visitors in Berchtesgaden, a national park in southeastern Germany on the border with Austria.
Beer, bliss and smelly boots in the Bavarian Alps
At 23 minutes before midnight, at 1703 metres above sea level, the lashing rain and furious winds outside the darkened bunkroom prompted two questions to turn over in my head: Will the roof of this hut be ripped off in the dead of night? Will I be able to continue my ridge trek to my next destination on the German-Austrian border the next day?
Several sleepless hours later, the answers emerged: 1) No, these aren't just simple mountain huts and 2) yes, this is typical Alpine weather for southern Bavaria.
And so at dawn, I trekked out, up through the undercast clouds.
The reward was the majesty of the Bavarian Alps, showering glory upon those willing to hike serious trails, and maybe endure copious amounts of apricot schnapps in the company of hearty German hikers.