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Ramsau / Hintersee August 31, 2019 “Edelweiss” mountain march 2019 by the southeast Bavarian reservists on the Steintalhörndl (2468m) in the deserted Sittersbach valley in the Hochkalterstock.

The Edelweiss Mountain March of the Oberbayern Südost district group is undoubtedly the highlight of the alpine training of the Bundeswehr Reserve in Chiem- and Rupertigau. Under the direction of the reservists of the Gebirgsjäger-RK Wolkersdorf Waginger See, 82 reservists and active soldiers started the high alpine performance march on the two and a half thousand summit of the Steintalhörndl (2468m above sea level) in the Berchtesgaden Alps. The overall leader Hauptmann.d.Res. Klaus Obermayer and his reserve high platoon leader HFw.d.Res. Björn Rabich could once again welcome participants from all over Germany. In addition to the marching groups of the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and Hamburg, comrades from the US Army from Spangdalen, the 6./sPiBtl 901, the training center in Munster and the Bavarian RSU companies who wanted to prove themselves in the alpine terrain were also present.

Ascent to the Sittersbach valley

After issuing the marching orders with instructions on the alpine dangers, it was almost 1 hour with a rapid ascent speed, initially in a south-westerly direction into the Klaustal. After crossing the Klausbach at the Lahnwald-Diensthütte, we went up to the Gurtrast at almost 1000m at high speed. This short passage already challenged the first participants. After the Grutrast with a wonderful view of the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Reiteralpe, the ascent took place parallel to the Sintersbach in two groups.

The wind and snow damage caused by fallen trees had been worked up to the point that good progress was made this year. Soon you came across the tree and later the mountain pine border into the lonely Sittersbach valley. Here was a wonderful sight, the abandoned alpine area framed by Steintalschneid, Steintalhörndl (2468m) Hinterbergkopf (2247m), Hinterberghorn (2493m) and Hocheishörndl (2252m).

Loose rock and difficult orientation

After a short rest and a meeting point in the Kaserstatt area, the steep ascent over rock and meadow strips to the southwest side of the Steintalhörndl. During the exploration by HFw.d.R. Rabich has already been marked. Orientation in this unmarked area turns out to be difficult. In particular, the brittle rock and loose rock and the resulting risk of falling rocks when climbing over the ledges demanded a lot from the reservists and active ones.

After the ascent was made, we continued uphill over an extensive mountain meadow area. After crossing a number of rubble gullies and the last climbs, the peaks of the Wolkersdorf reservists, who are particularly enthusiastic about the mountains, under the guidance of Gefr.d.Res Richard Utzmeier, reached the summit at 2468m after about 6 hours.

Summit view up to the Großglockner

Shortly before noon, the last of the 69 participants reached the summit. 13 comrades had given up on the ascent. After an extensive snack on the narrow summit ridge, there was a brief briefing on the summit and the awarding of the edelweiss badge by Hptm Obermayer and HFw Rabich according to old Reichenhaller tradition for the official clearing of a 2000 summit. The view of the Watzmann, the Wimbachgries and the Steinerne Meer and the Loferer Steinberge was sensational. The Nibus as the “mountain of fate” of the southeast Bavarian reservists was now broken after the ascent had to be broken off or canceled twice in recent years.

Demanding descent

The long ascent had the good condition of the participants melted away. The easy climbing and the loose rock challenged the Flecktarn rope team and required full concentration even after 10 hours. After a short rest in the area of ​​the dilapidated alpine pastures on the Sittersbach at approx. 1800m, the descent returned to the Klaustal.

Conclusion and outlook

After 13.5 hours, the last participants reached the starting point at the Hintersee at around 7.30 p.m. A demanding alpine tour as the highlight of the alpine training of the southeast Bavarian reserve came to a worthy end. Captain Obermayer praised the 82 participants at the end of the event and thanked his functional staff, who made it possible to climb and descend safely. He wished the participants a safe journey home and that sore muscles and sunburn would not get so bad. The Edelweiß Bergmarsch 2019 came to an end with a triple horrido.

It should be noted as positive that participants with significantly more mountain experience took part in the Edelweiss Mountain March. Unfortunately, wrong self-assessment or total overestimation of oneself and a lack of risk awareness took their toll in earlier years, because even "Lowland Tyrolean" believed they had to take part in the mountain march, which was wrongly referred to as the "edelweiss march". Marching 20 kilometers in the lowlands is something different from 10-20 kilometers in the high mountains, where only the altitude counts. In 2016, for example, an increase in the level of entitlement was initiated. The evaluation and planning for 2020 is already underway.