During our holiday in the Liechtenstein/Austrian border area I've found some of the border markers between the countries. After climbing the Mistelmark on the morning of July 21, 2023
I found out that the northern range
finishes here and a new numbering continues southwards.
Not far from stone 1 (the first stone of the northern range on the Mistelmark) the next stone does already appear. This is stone 119, the last stone of the southern range. The stones of this range look identical as the stones in the northern range.
The border now follows the ridge. There are quite a lot of stones.
Between stone 112 and 111 we find this old stone. I assume this is the stone "111/1" which is listed in the documentation
Next to stone 110 is an old stone as well. A tree decided to fall exactly in between them. We continue following the ridge untill stone 107.
After stone 107 we decide to continue on the easier accesible gravel road, which will lead us further to the Sarojasattel. The last meters to this sattle are still a tiring climb.
The sattel is one of the places where it's relatively easy to cross the border (and the mountain ridge) in this area. The ridge is still very accesible here, it's a grassy and not too steep area. The rocky part will start after this sattel. We will continue here tomorrow. Now we head down to the Gafadurahütte where we will stay for the night.
The next morning we climb back to the Sarojasattel where we have to make the descision if we want to climb the Drei Schwestern or walk around it. My friend Jules does not have a lot of alpine experience, but we decide to give it a go. It's absolutely worth the effort. A nice climb with a "hole in the rocks" and two ladders leads us up the mountain. On our way we find this marking, which I believe is border marker 70, a "horizontal rock marking"
Next up is border stone 69. This stone is on the main summit of the Drei Schwestern. Two of the three summits have a Gipfelkreuz, the highest summit (where we are now) only has this border stone. Obviously this is my favourite of the three summits :-D
Our last border stone for today is on top of the Garsellakopf. This is a massive stone, probably an older one as well, decorated with coats of arms. Close to it we discover another stone.
The border makes a striking kink here and starts following a different mountain ridge. We continue straight forward towards Kuhgrat and Gafleispitz before descending to Gaflei, our destination for today.
After a night in Vaduz we continue our journey the next day, July 22, 2023
, starting from the village of Malbun, a bit more to the south. It's quite an ascent to the mountain ridge again. The Augstenberg is the highest summit for now. This summit is fully in Liechtenstein. We join the border a few hunderd meters to the south, at border stone 10. We can also see stone 12 from here, some distance away on the Gorfion summit.
We continue the descent to our sleeping place for tonight: the Pfälzerhütte. Besides the Gafadurahütte this is the only Berghütte in Liechtenstein. Just before reaching the Pfälzerhütte the border bends a little and grazes the east facade of the building. Stone 9 is located on the northern side of the Pfälzerhütte.
Stone 8 is on the northern side of the east facade. I forgot to took a better picture, a mat/blanket was placed on top of it during our entire stay. Stone 7 is on the southern side of the east facade
On the south side of the Pfälzerhütte stone 6 is located. In between a bench and a wooden mammoth. The mammoth seems to be part of a local legend. There are even plans to rebuilt the Pfälzerhütte in the shape of a mammoth, with a funicular coming from the Valünatal. I prefer the surroundings as they are today.
It's still relatively early, so we decide to leave our luggage at the Pfälzerhütte and immediately continue our hike towards the Naafkopf, now that the weather is great.
The stones with numbers 5, 4 and 3 are relatively close to each other, not too far from the Pfälzerhütte.
Only one stone left to the tripoint. Stone number 2 is on a ridge a small distance away from the path leading to the summit of the Naafkopf.
And here we are, on the peak of the Naafkopf. A special three-legged Gipfelkreuz is located here, marking the three borders that meet each other here. It was quite a climb, but a great finish of this beautiful day.
After our descent we stayed the night in the Pfäzlerhütte. The plan was to continue our mountain tour the next day, but because of the weather circumstances we decided to go down into the valley again the next day. A lot of rain was predicted the next days. From a border-enthousiastic point of view I was very sattisfied with what we achieved on these three beautiful sunny days though.