Hohe Geige is the main mountain of the long ridge called „Geigenkamm“ that runs between the Pitztal valley and the Oetztal valley.
This is one of the easier 3000m mountains in the East Alps and it is frequented during summer by a lot of climbers because of this (easily do-able in one day). However, the Rüsselsheimer Hut on the way is no major gateway, so there is still less traffic than in other parts of the Alps where one has access to more 3000m peaks. Rüsselsheimer hut has suffered a renaming recently. For decades it has been well known as “Chemnitzer” hut, so older maps might still have this name.
The Hohe Geige gives you great views of the great mountains and glaciers in the Ötztal Valley and the Pitztal Valley .
The easiest route does not require rope and crampons, but orientation may become difficult with new snow and fog.
When I climbed the mountain, the markings were not clearly visible because of snow and we accidentally moved towards the "Westridge" (steel ropes are on this way). On this way, people who do the Ridge (a second possibility to reach the top from the Rüsselsheimer hut) normally get to the normal route in the other direction (because the top part of the Grat gets more difficult).
So don't underestimate the mountain.
The trailhead of this tour is Plangeross in the PITZTAL Valley . The Pitztal Valley is a side valley of the Inntal Valley in Tirol.
Parking is possible free of charge just before the small village Plangeross.
When To Climb
Usually July to September. Out of the season, avalanches are a big problem. Maybe some Backcountry skiing possible in Spring.
Normally people are staying at the Rüsselsheimer Hütte (inexpensive). Camping usually allowed half an hour from the hut.
shows you the weather fcst for Sölden, which is just round the corner. Weather.
best printed map is the map of the german/Austrian alpine club Nr. 30/3 “Kaunergrat-Geigenkamm” (thanks Mathias Zehring)
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