Passed the two Bratschenkopf Peaks on a marathon day from H-Schweiger Haus over Gr. Wiesbachhorn, Bratschenkopf, Klockerin and to Oberwalder Hütte. Great day but lots of soft snow from the foot of Bratchenkopf and all the way to OH.
Route Climbed: Northeast Face Date Climbed: July 2002
I started at the Heinrich-Schweiger Haus (2802m) and climbed the rocks directly to the Kaindlgrat (Kaindl Ridge) on the NW shoulder of the Grosses Wiesbachhorn. Once on the ridge, I put on crampons and summited the Wiesbachhorn. It was still early when I returned to the glacier which separates the two mountains; it is called the Kaindlkees. I crossed it (unroped, which is not a good idea) and started into a scree covered face that despite being quite steep and very loose, offered plenty of good scrambling straight up to the summit. Using hands but no crampons or axe, I made it up to the summit in time to meet a large party of climbers crossing from the other direction (from the Klockerin, 3425m). I signed the summit log, enjoyed the view and headed back down the same route I had climbed. The weather was perfect and although I had been kicked around on the summit of the Wiesbachhorn, there was almost no wind at all on the Bratschenkopf. Back on the glacier, I crossed to the NE and rejoined the Kaindlgrat which took me back to the hut. It was a great day and I will never forget the view of the Wiesbachhorn from the summit of the Bratschenkopf.