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The hash is located on the Eibsee, a rather large mountain lake within of the Zugspitz mountain range, just below the highest peak in Germany.
- Webcam (the one called "Zugspitzgipfel - Blickrichtung Norden zum Eibsee", which means "Zugspitze peak - Looking north to the Eibsee")
- Eibsee - English wikipedia (basically no information)
- German wikipedia (good information)
- Eibsee leisure centre - owner of the lake
- Boat rental
The planning phase for this great expedition gained a lot of momentum and deserves its own page. Do not fear, nothing is lost; it is preserved in all of its greatness over at the other page.
 Expedition report
 Before the party of 9 partied
With difficulty Danatar got up at 4:30 after 2 hours of sleep, but he nonetheless managed to meet thepiguy who was already waiting at the train station at 5:15. On the train Danatar tried to get some sleep, but the train seats are very uncomfortable to lie on so he didn't succeed. After 2 hours they arrived at Treuchtlingen and changed into a double decker train. From the upper floor the sight is slightly better than in a normal train and they could watch the beautiful landscape. They even saw 2 deer. At 9:30 the train arrived at München main station where ekorren was waiting for them directly at their platform.
Possibly my favourite expedition yet! I hope the pictures from the underwater camera turn out...
... who also came from quite far away.
... who even came from another state (BaWü)
It was a short night - if you can call that a night. More like almost no sleeping at all, as I was busy discussing, researching, preparing until deep into the night, and had to get up as early as 3 am. Left house a few minutes past four, and arrived at the station not really in time to go to an ATM first, or buy a ticket from a machine that accepts cards (they actually are slower). Luckily, I still had a prepaid Baden-Württemberg-Ticket, so I could just jump on the train and write the date into the right field.
Now, at Plochingen I changed to train for Ulm, to get the Unavoidable Public Transport Speed Racer Multihash first.
After having accomplished the task to not miss its tracks and thus also not miss the hash, the train went in for Ulm. I still needed to buy a Bayern-Ticket, so I took a short visit out of the station and found that the machines at the tramway station would sell me one that is both a good extension for my collection and payable with card, so saving me to find an ATM for the rest of the day, bought the ticket and caught a train to Augsburg and then to München. Shortly after my train arrived, Danatar and thepiguy should arrive from Würzburg, so I picked them up at their platform. We then found the others in the northers section of the station.
 Two fellows from München (Baerenfell, zb)
... who almost appear to be couch potatoes, considering how far everyone else has traveled.
 Baerenfell says...
Awesome Expedition with a lot of really nice and funny guys, nearly perfect weather and last, but not least a really cool spot. Also being one of the first to do an underwater geohash rules :) (proof to follow with full report).
And now I can put my hands on a huge lot of ribbons, YEEHAA!
Started the day with a final look at the planning page at about 9 am, packed my stuff and was on my way. The school I had to vote at, was just a few meters from home, so I stopped by and went did my civil duty (Claiming a "Democracy Geohash" for this). After that I cycled on to the Central Station to meet the others, which wasn't really complicated (everyone would recognize such a cool group | 2. Achievment today | Meet-up | all 8 ).
First things first:
I know I sound like a hippie who has smoked his brains out when I say that this trip made me feel truly happy not only because the nature looked so nice, but -- even better -- because it was very fun to meet everyone else after having done a number of geohashes myself and even failed to meet dawidi once.
Koepfel, after today, your meetup graph will be in serious trouble if not completely FUBARed, but it's worth it because spending this great day with a group as nice and diverse was a big win. I mean it.
On to the report:
I left the house around 8:30am and took a small detour to a nearby school house because it was election day for the European Parliament and the school is where I go to vote. A ribbon has even been suggested for this. While the school house itself was just as ugly as any German school house built in the seventies, it featured a nice painting next to one of its doors that must have been an indication about what was bound to happen later this day. See gallery below.
I stopped at a bakery in my neighborhood and rode my bike to the train station, where Srs0 had just arrived some minutes ago on his ICE train. When asking him, somewhat reluctantly, if he was, like, maybe on his way to, like, Garmisch, and stuff, he answered that yes, he was, so we introduced ourselves. He actually wasn't that hard to find because his right arm was of landmark quality with the cast he was wearing and he had an xkcd t-shirt. Despite the warning on the t-shirt, I hadn't stood back and he was nice enough to not try SCIENCE. We found another bakery and got him breakfast, including a Auszogne (meaning a one pulled apart) which is something like a Bavarian equivalent to a donut. Slightly later, everyone else showed up at the train station.
Some friends of mine were there, too, but they went on another train to another beautiful place in the mountains to celebrate a birthday. (Happy birthday, A.!)
 From München to Eibsee
Shortly after, we went along the very scenic tracks near Starnberger See, changed onto a bus in Tutzing because the electric wires above the train tracks were in the progress of being repaired further down the railroad line, making regular train traffic impossible. We decided to sit in the back of the bus, because we remembered from back when we were still using school buses that the back is where the cool people sit. We again got onto a train in Weilheim that took us to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From the bus, we saw some very shiny new copper wires that had already been put up and, more importantly, some famous satellite dishes that were even shinier.
When you claim that you come from the internet, this exact village of dishes is indeed your hometown.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ekorren was quick to negotiate our possibilities and fares for going up to Eibsee on the really cool train, the Zugspitzbahn. It has to be said that the lady at the ticket counter was very helpful towards our group that must have seemed unusual, even by standards set at places where many tourists and groups of crazy school kids travel through.
The reasons why the Zugspitzbahn is really cool are: (a) It has tracks narrower than regular trains, (b) some parts of the tracks are so steep that it needs racks in addition to the rails. Thus, it has all the technology necessary to (c) take you up to the very top of Germany's highest mountain, the name of which is proudly featured on the display on the side of the train. Cool, eh?
(d) The train also makes for a really great backdrop for a group picture, as is evidenced in the picture here and in the gallery below.
While we went uphill to Eibsee, thepiguy got serious about his plans to swim in the Eibsee. Everyone could tell because he produced diving equipment from his backpack. We kept telling him that the water would be really really cold. Our guess was < 10°C, which was wrong, as we would see shortly after.
He just kept saying that now was not the time to think about cold water. The time to think about cold water was not before he would actually be in the air, after jumping off the boat, right before impact, when it would already be too late anyway. He was seriously committed.
 At/On/In the lake
After having walked to the lake, we were offered a full choice of different vessels for rent. This is the part where we left the solid ground and went to find the water geohash. This is also where we all thank thepiguy for paying for the three boats we took out onto the lake: Thank you, pi!
While we had expected the water temperature to be very, very cold, a sign next to the boat rental shed said it was warmer than expected: 17°C.
Two pedal boats and one row boat went to the spot that numerous GPS devices were pointing at. When the coordinates were reached, many different things were done to appropriately celebrate the success:
- Three humans and Murray the hashcot went swimming.
- The three humans even went under water.
- And they posed for a Calendar Girl Achievement.
- Because the panic of a human body immersed in cold water causes some shouting, we heard amazing echoes from our location on the lake. Allegedly, one sound produced on the lake causes as many as seven echoes, but this is a detail we were not able to reproduce.
After we were back on the land, a walk was done on the South shore, along a smaller lake (Frillensee), overlooking the geohash location and leading to another geocache. Just in case we have not mentioned yet: The area was extremely beautiful.
We bought hashcards, went to a beer garden, walked to the bus stop, mailed the hashcards, stuffed a phone box and started our journey home.
 From Eibsee to München
We were really, really lucking out with the weather. Thunder and rain didn't really start before we were in the bus and already on the way home.
Besides, it's always amazing how different the way back feels compared to the way to some place.
 After the party of 9 parted
 From München to Würzburg
When the train arrived at München, thepiguy and srs0 got out first and ran to catch an ICE train which left three minutes later. (...)
From München, Danatar had two trains to choose from to get home: One at 20:25 which would arrive at Würzburg at 0:06 and one at 21:09 which would arrive at 0:56. He had already decided earlier to visit his displaced origin hashpoint in this graticule and that would take all the time until the second option, so he said goodbye to everyone and went to buy a Döner. Then he went on his displaced origin expedition (read here).
Danatar returned from his displaced origin and boarded the train towards home. At Nürnberg he had to wait almost one hour to change his train. The big rock festival Rock im Park had taken place this weekend and Danatar could pass the time watching drunk and tired people moving around zombie-like in the station. When his train finally left the seats next to him were filled with people in a good temper, so Danatar couldn't even get some sleep. His train arrived in Würzburg a few minutes late, shortly after 1 am.
 München, by bike, in the rain
Baerenfell: Left the others at the station in Munich to take the bike home (about 15 minutes). It started raining after a few meters and pouring after a few more. I didn't see much anymore and got totally drenched, but finally finished this great day with another look at the geohashing page. zb, while taking a slightly different route home, also got seriously drenched.
 From München to Tübingen
There isn't much to tell. After the group mostly parted, only the Regensburg people and me were left, and also left was some time. So I picked another geocache description of a cache that was supposed to be about 400 m from the station, and we set off to search for that one. Without success, this time. As I see now, the cache has been successlessly searched by other people during the last few days, so it is probably lost. Also, we got hit by heavy rain during the search.
Since it was now late enough that there was only one connection left for me, I went back the same way I had been coming, via Augsburg, Ulm and Plochingen. The train from Ulm was a bit late, which resulted in an upgrade of the unavoidable multihash so that it now also was a Speed Racer geohash. Surprisingly, after a sprint through all of the station, I still caught the RE at Plochingen and reached Tübingen at 0:25. Usually, if the train from Ulm is late (which it usually is), you have to wait for the next train to Tübingen. Which goes only a few minutes later, anyway.
(Notes moved to talk page)
 From Würzburg to München (thepiguy, Danatar, srs0)
 From Tübingen to München (ekorren)
 München, doing democracy before the hash (zb)
 From München to the lake
dawidi and Hans.
thepiguy's backpack. We are not supposed to panic. He is from the internet and he does not fear. He fears cold water least.
 At/On/In and around the lake
 Achievement ribbons
Let's collect them all! That will be an amazing collection, won't it?
- Picture is now uploaded so y'all have proof. --Zb 22:07, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
... any more I did forget?
(still to be turned into ribbons)
| Baerenfell and dawidi and srs0 and Danatar and thepiguy and zb and Hans and Tomcat and ekorren earned the Meet-up achievement
|dawidi, srs0, Danatar, thepiguy, zb, Hans, Tomcat, ekorren and Baerenfell earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
| dawidi, srs0, Danatar, thepiguy, zb, Hans, Tomcat, ekorren and Baerenfell earned the Public transport geohash achievement
| dawidi, Danatar, thepiguy, srs0, zb, Hans, Tomcat, Baerenfell and ekorren earned the Water geohash achievement
| Danatar, thepiguy and Baerenfell earned the Underwater geohash achievement
| thepiguy earned the Geoflashing Achievement
|All of us earned the Hash collision honorable mention|
| dawidi, srs0, Danatar, thepiguy, zb, Hans, Tomcat, ekorren and Baerenfell earned the Phonebooth stuffing achievement
| dawidi, srs0, Danatar, thepiguy, zb, Hans, Tomcat and Baerenfell earned the Pub Geohash Achievement
| Ekorren achieved level 5 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
| Baerenfell achieved level 2 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
|Ekorren earned the Multihash Achievement|
| Zb earned the Consecutive geohash achievement
| Zb and Baerenfell earned the Democracy Geohash Achievement
|Baerenfell, dawidi, srs0, Danatar, thepiguy, zb, Hans, Tomcat and ekorren earned the Hashcard achievement|