OverviewGloedis is one of the most beautiful mountains of the Hohe Tauern. It is also known as Matterhorn of the Schobergruppe because of its prominent look, but of course is not as famous. However it is relatively easy accessible which makes it an ideal target for those who like higher mountains but do not necessarily feel good in climbing. Actually there is a bit of climbing in final 200 meters, but this part is very well secured with iron rope and pegs (klettersteig/ferrata) and difficulties don't exceed grade B with perhaps one place C (on Austrian A-E scale). Moreover in summertime there is usually very little or no snow left. The whole path to the beginning of klettersteig is very well marked.
The starting point is parking Seichenbrunn (1673 m) in Debanttal. From there the road (closed for public traffic)leads to Lienzer Huette (1977 m). Subsequently one should follow Franz Keil Weg up to the place where signposts are located. Franz Keil Weg (914) turns left leading to Leibnitztoerl and further to Hochschober Huette (one can also try reach Hochschober from south east), our path (912) turns right crossing the little stream and goes along it. Next we reach the place where our path bifurcates once again: left branch goes to Kalser Toerl (2809 m between Gloedis and Ralfkopf), while right leads us directly to Gloedis. This spot is easy to notice, there are 2 red arrows painted on the rocks. The path becomes more arduous, but we gradually gain altitude. Eventually we find ourselves at south-east ridge. Here the klettersteig/ferrata begins. It goes along the ridge, thus making the route more interesting. The whole ascent takes some 5 hours (4 hours from Lienzer Huette)
Descent as ascent. 3-4 hours.
According to Richard Goedeke Gloedis was summited for the first time on July 13th 1871 by J. Poeschl and 2 guides. In his book "3000er in den Nordalpen" he describes the "old" normal route rated PD-. Instead of going along the south-east ridge it traverses the east face.
I don't have any information about harder climbs.
Getting ThereFor general orientation see the parent page: Schober GROUP .
The majority of people arrive to Lienz and then drive to parking Seichenbrunn. If you drive from north (Heiligenblut), turn right just after passing Iselberg. You can also walk from Lienz, but it takes more than 5 hours.
Lienzer Huette is accessible from other huts: Hochschober Huette, Elbelfelder Huette, Wangenitzsee Huette and Adolf Noßberger Huette.
1. Kompass, No. 48: Lienz-Schobergruppe - NP Hohe Tauern. 1:50000.
2. Freytag & Berndt. No. 181: Kals, Heiligenblut, Matrei 1:50000.
3. Alpenvereinskarte Schobergruppe 1:25000 Blatt Nr. 41
Red TapeNo limitations. But remember you are in National Park Hohe Tauern.
CampingLienzer Huette is the best place to stay overnight. However you may prefer find accomodation somewhere else if you are able to start your trip early. Near Lienz there are a lot of guesthouses offering reasonable-priced rooms. And you will find a couple of good campings, too.
External LinksLIENZER HUETTE Information about getting there, summits, possible hikes and bike tours. Great photos. Only in German, but one can use online translator.
WEBCAM Shows current mountain conditions.