14-Jan-2001 -- In the early morning (1pm) of 14-Jan-2001 we were leaving our
camp near Altenmarkt i. Triestingtal, not without having a last meeting with
Reinhold Messner. He instructed us in climbing without oxygen masks. Thank
you, Reini. It started as a beautiful day (it changed when we realized that
we forgot to take food with us).
At the beginning of our tour we just had to follow a simple way. It's called
the "Mariazeller Wanderweg", an ancient pilgrim's path. Rapidly we
(the pilgrims) crossed one contour line after the other. Reaching the
plateau the air became rare. But keeping our decice in mind (When the going gets
tough, the tough gets going) there was no return. 2:02 pm we were touched by
the typical magnetic field caused energy waves. We knew we were near.
We were not. 3:16 pm we detected our target. Have a look.