At 1,876 m above sea level, the "Iseler" is one of the highest peaks around Oberjoch. It is rough, rocky and steep, but the path to the top is safe enough to be suitable for most hikers. Nonetheless, it is exhausting, and I was truly glad when we reached the peak and had a rest in the sun, drinking from our water bottles and drinking in the magnificent views.
|Just a little bit more... I can already see the cross at the top.|
|View from the peak|
|Bad Hindelang, where we were the day before, is at the bottom of the valley|
|Down the other side, on Austrian territory|
|See the path along the rim, top right? We could have walked there and climb down at its end, but decided against it.|
|An elbow :-)|
After a long climb down on the Austrian side of the mountain, across pastures (empty, because the cows had already been brought down for the winter), much to my dismay the path went up almost all the way again. Thankfully, there was an Alpe serving food and drinks, popular with hikers. We stopped for a drink there, and rested a little before tackling the last part of the hike, much of which was more or less at the same height maybe halfway up over "our" valley.
Not very far from the hotel, already much further down, was another small place offering refreshments. A nice, cold shandy was just what we needed, and the shade was really welcome, too.
Looking up from there to where we'd been, it didn't look all that impressive - but I knew what it was like, and so did my body :-D