Ellmauer Tor – a Hard Hot Slog!

This week I went up to Ellmauer Tor in the Wilder Kaiser, Tirol, Austria. The Tor is a saddle at about 2000 meters at the south end of the Steinerne Rinne a narrow pass which cuts through some of the most impressive rock architecture, well, anywhere! I wanted to spend the night up there and photograph the Milky Way. What with all the camera gear, sleeping gear etc. and 3.5 liters of water (the Kaiser is limestone which means water just percolates down underground), I was carrying about 24 Kilos – I really will have to get that weight down!! I also had to set off from my car in the afternoon on a very hot day. To put it mildly it was a slog. But anyway, every journey comes to an end – sometime, and I eventually reached the Tor late afternoon. It was then a case of setting up my camp.

Elbmauer Tor Charles Kenwright

Home sweet home, Ellmauer Tor taken with my mobile phone
copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

The view was spectacular, and after I´d rested a bit, eaten my evening meal, I felt like taking some shots. It slowly began to get dark and the light began to change. It´s always fascinating to just watch the changes as day changes to dusk to night. At around 10.30 it was dark enough to see the Milky Way which, up there, alone in such magnificent surroundings, was simply awesome. I use the word “awesome” not in it´s watered down way, which it´s often used today, but in it´s true meaning – extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring awe.

Elbmauer Tor Charles Kenwright

The Milky Way, Ellmauer Tor, Tirol, Austria
copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

It was still very warm as I eventually packed my camera gear together and climbed into my sleeping bag. The light breeze wafting through the open zip on the flysheet cooled me a little and helped me to drift off into a deep sleep.

I just have to get that damned weight down somewhat!

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