And here are the photos....
This is a little bit along from where I turned around Tuesday. The trail crosses the upper snowfields -- if you look closely you can just see a couple of hikers starting across one of the middle traverses. For those with a tendency to worry, a couple of reassurances. First, it looks worse than it is -- the snow was stable and previous hikers had made footholds that I was able to use. Second, it is still quite early in the season: I'm not expecting us to have to cross anything like this on the H3H.
And now this is looking back across the same terrain. The previous photo was taken from the top of the grassy peak to the left. Gotta do something about the ubiquitous finger!
This is shortly before the summit. I've caught up a little with those two hikers from the first photo (you can see them down and to the left of the cross). I found a better route to the right of the snow and so didn't have to cross that last snowfield.
During the descent I came across this bench. The inscription translates to "Oh you land of my mountains, how beautiful you are".
Tough to argue with that when you see the view.
And here, with views to the Zugspitze, is the well deserved "Kaffee und Kuchen"!
Feel like hiking yet?