After almost a week of overcast days and some rain and snow, New Year’s Eve morning promised to be stunning. Instead of sleeping in I grabbed my camera, donned my winter boots and went out in the biting wind to capture the sunrise.
The mountain nearest where I live is called Bachtel and admittedly it’s not that high (1115 m/3658 ft). But because there aren’t any other mountains in the near vicinity it’s prominent and the view from the top is fantastic. I started out during blue hour because I wanted to see the sunrise on the way up and because come noon, the clouds were forecasted to roll in.
The trail winds in and out of forests and over open pastures. Even though I was walking on the eastern side of the mountain and in the sun, it was cold due to a stiff wind. It felt warmer once back in the forest, and in the shelter of the trees, while I hiked up to the summit. I spent as little time as possible at the summit as it was bitterly cold and windy. But oh, the view was magnificent!