Top of the Wolfswarte

It has been a pretty boring winter and the last weeks, I didn’t go out much because whenever I had time, the weather was bad. Finally, this weekend, the stars aligned and I drove to the Harz for a short hike.

With it being a few weeks after Christmas, I didn’t think it would get that busy but many people wanted to see the winter wonderland that still exists up here.

The parking lot where I wanted to start my tour was full and so was the supplemental street parking they had opened plus the next two parking lots I looked at thereafter.

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Eventually, I found parking, figured I’d probably not get a better spot anywhere else and instead searched for “routes starting here”.

It turned out I was close to the Wolfswarte where I hadn’t been before, so I decided to go.

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The tour had promised a great view from the top during good conditions but that clearly wasn’t going to be the case this time.

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The ascend wasn’t very spectacular apart from a group of people that had decided this was a good day to take some nude pictures on snow-covered log piles.

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When I arrived at the top, the climate changed significantly. It was a lot colder, there was fog, and everything was covered in ice.

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using a focal length of
35 mm
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X-T3
using a focal length of
35 mm
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X-T3
using a focal length of
35 mm
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Taken with a(n)
FUJIFILM
X-T3
using a focal length of
35 mm
at
1/2700
f/5.6
ISO160

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FUJIFILM
X-T3
using a focal length of
35 mm
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X-T3
using a focal length of
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Taken with a(n)
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X-T3
using a focal length of
35 mm
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What made this especially interesting, though, was the fact that the fog came and went which led to the sun peeking through from time to time.

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At this point, it was already quite late and I didn’t want to end up having to walk the last part of the tour through the dark (even though I had brought a light this time). Therefore, I made my way back down.

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At this point, it really cleared up and the sun accompanied me the most part of the way. It was so strong that the snow and ice even started melting and I could hear water dripping down everywhere.

Taken with a(n)
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using a focal length of
35 mm
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35 mm
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Taken with a(n)
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X-T3
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Overall, this was a fun trip and a great location to visit. I’m curious to compare what this looks like in the summer but would definitely recommend to check out the Wolfswarte during the winter.

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