What's New On This Page?February 26th, 2006 - The two panoramas added.
October 17th, 2004 - Inserted links up, to the broader region (Gurktal Alps / Nockberge).
October 8th, 2004 - Initial set up of the page.
OverviewGeographical structure: Eastern Alps > Gurktal Alps / Nockberge > Hohe Pressing
Somehow I like the rounded, hilly Nockebirge. Actually, every winter I expect there joyful tour skiing, but often I get disappointed by their dry climate.
Hohe Pressing is a typical 'Nockberge' summit. Rounded, steep and rocky only on its 100 or 200 meters. It is situated on the western side of the group, which means, that it offers excellent views on Hohe Tauern, especially on Hochalmspitze. The summit is also not alone, but it forms a small subgroup of three peaks, arranged from east to west: Peitlernock, 2244m, Baerenaunock, 2292m and Hohe Pressing, 2370m. North of this chain, two more, unimportant summits stand: Kasperkopf, 2129m, and Doererkopfl, 2056m. The whole group is delimeted from other Nockgebirge by the valley of Leobenbach (creek) on south, the valley of Heiligenbach on east, the valley of Krems on north and the main valley of Lieser on west.
As said, this summit and its small group is most interesting for easy hiking (almost all around the year, probably the best time of the season being autumn) and for tour skiing - convince yourself, seeing pictures! Nockalmstrasse (panoramic road) is a challenge also for biking and many side roads can offer you nice mountain bike tours.
As the mountain is not difficult to climb, you can choose also other starting points in all four surrounding valleys, and use many forrest roads, cart-roads and not marked paths.
Tour Skiing in Nockberge
In good conditions, these mountains are ideal for tour skiing. Virtually all slopes and ridges can be used for ascending with skis and for downhills, only on upper parts we must go on some places without skis or with a little help of ice axe and crampons. The lower parts of these mountains are covered by woods, but if enough snow, good downhills through them can still be chosen.
Red TapeNo limitations for the ascent itself. The Nockalmstrasse (road) is opened from May to October (toll!).
When To ClimbAny time of the season.
CampingYou don't need to sleep on the mountain.
Nockalmhof is a private hut. Contact data: Family Aschbacher, A-9862 Kremsbruecke, No. 91, Austria. Tel: +43 4736 283.