The air is thin up on the highest mountain in Austria, and the way up leads over a glacier and steep traverses which definitely require a rope and a guide. Usually this trip is done in two or three days. Believing we are pretty fit, we ran up the mountain on day one, slept in the highest hut in Austria, after having climbed to the top for sunset. At first, it was cloudy and windy, freezing our breath on our scalves.
Just before our descent, the sky opened up and gave us a magnificent light and a view over the clouds. What a moment to have on the summit!
The hut keeper on the Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte gave us a great welcome, and celebrated our achievements with us until well into the night, making the descent the next morning harder than the ascent.