Again Woodpecker had an excellent chance to see how disconnected money and fun often are in life:
A year is gone and so Woodpecker+old friend’s annual winter mountain tour returned.
This time to a mountain hut in the Wettersteingebirge, some mountains not too far from Munich.
We stayed there for 3 days, and boy, as always it was an absolutely great time. This year’s hut was located in the middle of a ski-area, so we took advantage of a lift card to do a day of downhill skiing plus a day of our usual ski-touring activity (uphill climbing with skis).
The hut is owned by German alpine club and costs only 11 EUR per night for members (Membership 90 EUR p.a.). For this cheap a price you obviously have to bring your own food, cook yourself, heat the stove with fire wood and make some compromises on luxury. E.g. there are typically no showers. This time we had the extreme luxury of hot water, but typically you just pick freezing cold water from an external fountain, sometimes you even have to use gas-lamps as there is no electricity.
I told this to a non-frugal colleague and guess what his answer was?
“Well, interesting. However: without a shower? I wouldn’t do that, because you know, I really work hard enough and earn enough money to deserve my shower each day!”
Oh my god, how wrong he is!
He will never find out the pleasure of the crackling wood-fired stove after a day of physical work out on a ski touring through cold, untouched mountains covered by 2 meters of snow.
He will not smell the gemütlich fume of burning wood far away from any polluting cars.
He will not taste the fantastic flavour of some simple fried eggs in the clear, crisp and thin air of the Alps.
He will not enjoy the total silence under a deep black and star sprinkled sky when you step out of the hut at night to take a leak at minus 10 degrees Celsius.
He will not have the fun and good talks with random, but mostly interesting and open people who stay at the same hut.
He will not have the pleasure of waking up from dawn’s first light glancing into your window (that you hopefully shoveled free of snow the evening before), just to peer out and see the morning sun burning the mountain tops in fierce red.
And then – so much fun and stimulation for your senses for so little money!
|Simple Mountain hut||Decent Hotel|
|Cost for 2 nights p.Person||22 EUR||200 EUR|
|+ 4 great tasty meals||24 EUR||80 EUR|
|+ 2 bottles of wine||10 EUR||40 EUR|
|+ nice drinks||10 EUR (byo)||40 EUR (quickly adds!)|
|Skiing||0 EUR (touring)||70 EUR ski pass|
|Transport||15 EUR||15 EUR|
|Health effect / Sports||Great||Fair|
|Total Trip 3 days fun||81 EUR||445 EUR|
I mean, there is nothing wrong with a nice comfortable hotel, and every now and then it’s fine to enjoy one if you wish – but five times the costs, only for a good shower with other things being equal or superior in the hut?!
I don’t know…