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Up in the Bavarian Alps, Rugged Trails With German Cheer

At 1,703-meters, at the border between Germany and Austria, Carl von Stahl Haus, bottom left, shown in this June 27, 2022 photo, is one of the more popular huts in the Berchtesgaden National Park, with bed space for 102 hikers, in both shared bunkrooms or semi-private rooms. (AP Photo/Mike Eckel)
At 1,703-meters, at the border between Germany and Austria, Carl von Stahl Haus, bottom left, shown in this June 27, 2022 photo, is one of the more popular huts in the Berchtesgaden National Park, with bed space for 102 hikers, in both shared bunkrooms or semi-private rooms. (AP Photo/Mike Eckel)
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Schönau Am Königssee, Germany (AP) -- At 23 minutes before midnight, at 1,703 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, the lashing rain and furious winds outside the darkened bunkroom prompted two questions to turn over in my head: Will the roof of this hut be ripped off in the dead of night? Will I be able to continue my ridge trek to my next destination on the German-Austrian border the next day?

Several sleepless hours later, the answers emerged: 1) No, these aren’t just simple mountain huts and 2) yes, this is typical Alpine weather for southern Bavaria.