Die Höfats ist mit ihren 2259 m der wohl markanteste Berg in den Allgäuer Alpen. ...
Sleeping berth: none
by Lena Wiesler,
The rapacious development forced the Allgaeu mountain rescue service to set up a post in 1935. On 1996 m of altitude they pitched a small tent for two people on a narrow rocky ridge. Summer after summer, the “edelweiss guards” kept an eye on the steep sides of the Höfats and caught the edelweiss thieves. Staying in the tent during rain, thunderstorms or unexpected summer snow was at times very rough. Thus, the idea of a bivouac was born and 1969 a helicopter flew up a weather resistant and 6 m² big bivouac. The small mountain hut was warmly welcomed by members of the Allgaeu mountain rescue service and even became a second home to some of them.
Not only did the mountain rescue service prevent the extinction of edelweiss, but the Höfats guard also rapidly decreased the numbers of deathly mountaineering accidents. By now, the edelweiss stock has recovered nicely and a permanent surveillance of the region is no longer necessary. Thus, the bivouac has not been occupied since 2007, but still serves as a shelter for mountaineers.