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August 8th 2008
Published: August 8th 2008
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Wow!! What a beautiful country!

We spent our longest time in one campsite in Fusch. Our surroundings were amazing.

We hiked everyday and did one overnight hike. Hiking is different in Austria-it is acceptable to use cable cars, mountains are very steep-straight up and straight down usually 1000m with few countour paths! When we hiked overnight we stayed in a guest house(Gliewitzerhutte) at 2100m above sea level.

We made friends with lovely Austrian couple - Barbara and Matthew. Matthew grew up in the area and told us a lot about the hiking in the region. The one thing we didn't know was that the whistling sound you hear when hiking down the mountain is not birds but Mermouteer or Manke (?sp) as the locals call them communicating with each other (Dassie like creatures with long tails). We also swam in Zell am See's lake and it was pretty cool swimming with snow on the mountains around!

We also spent an awesome day at the Krimml waterfalls-Europe's highest waterfalls!

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Gliewerhitze HutGliewerhitze Hut
Gliewerhitze Hut

Well desrved beer. The hut only gets supplies twice per season by helicopter.
Hoher TennHoher Tenn
Hoher Tenn

With our overnight hut in the forground

With Barbara and Matthew(our super guide)!

We would have had some nice photos from Imbachhorn as well (another peak with views of the Zell am See's lake) but some horses were treating Chris's bag like a salt lick and we had to run down to stop them!
Krimmler WaterfallsKrimmler Waterfalls
Krimmler Waterfalls

Europe's highest waterfall.
Krimmler WaterfallsKrimmler Waterfalls
Krimmler Waterfalls

At the top it opens up into a beautiful valley.

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