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Kareck PresentedKareck is the last high, rocky peak in the mountain crest extending from the main Tauern peaks towards Katschberg Pass (1641 m), where Hohe Tauern end. It is true, that just above the Katschberg Passs there is also Tschaneck, 2020 m, but it's gentle slopes, chained up with modern tourist devices can hardly count as a considerable mountain peak.
But Kareck is different. Towards the south its slopes are very steep and more than 700 m high, no marked path is coming from that side. Towards the north-east it sends a moderate steep ridge, ideal for skiing in winter and for a normal mountain access in summer. And of course the main crest is going from west to east, the eastern ridge also being appropriate for ascent.
With all due respect of summer ascents, Kareck is for me in the first place an excellent tour skiing peak. It has one attribute, not mentioned so far - it's nort-east slope is in good conditions ideal for skiing. Up to 40 degrees steep, 600 m high, usually covered with powder snow is a constant temptation for every mountain skier, sitting at home and dreaming of endless left-right turns.
Being also close to touristic resorts on the Katschberg Pass, the peak of Kareck is in good conditions often ascended, but still there was never a crowd although we reached the peak in good conditions.
Summit PanoramaFrom its summit there's also nice view around. Higher mountains og Hohe Tauern on one side, hilly Nockberge and Niedere Tauern on the other side.
Getting ThereThe highway Villach - Salzburg crosses Alps through two tunnels. Looking from Villach, the first one is Katschberg. Just before the tunnel you go in Rennweg off the highway (or, if arriving from the north in St. Michael), then drive by the Katschberg Pass road (opened all the year) to the Pass where you can find good parking places (ski resort).
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