Bright sunshine, after a cold rain (and snow) front from the North. Temperatures in the valley only a few above 0 °C, in the shadow inside the forest everything is frozen, with a slight dust of snow. As my car is needed elsewhere, I take the mountain bike to Strelzhof and up to Kienberg from there (I leave the bike before the steep and rocky part of the path called Irmasteig).
First picture, however, has to be the morning picture sent to me from the "early bird" Hans Jürgen Pietsch. About a year ago he changed to the Schneebergdörfl and repeatedly sends me pictures, often from first morning light on Schneeberg, like this one.
I break up much later, at about 11 a.m. No need for pictures inside the forest, but at the point where the Irmasteig enters the western ridge of the Kienberg, breathtaking views are had.
Schneeberg, as seen from Kienberg.
Some more impressions from the Kienberg summit region.
Panoramic view of Schneeberg and Hohe Wand, as seen from the western ridge of Kienberg. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.