As high on the mountain a good road reaches, care has been taken there for all kinds of outdoor activities. In snow-free season it's hiking, climbing by 2 vie ferrate, rock climbing, in winter and spring it's classical and tour skiing. In addition to the road high towards the summit also cable ways are reaching high, operating only in winter. The place is well known also by paragliding and the road offers also an interesting biking challenge.
It obviously has nothing to do with the English word 'loser'. In middle ages locals were climbing promotory mountains around their coutry to listen ('lose') if from the distant Enns valley the noise of battles could be heard.
On the SW side of Totes Gebirge the landscape is especially beautiful. There's an undulated plateau with several quite big mountain lakes, receiving a lot of southern and western sun. That's why in Bad Aussee, which is the centre of that land, tourism started already early. And, guess what, nowadays it continues. I high season you can't avoid certain crowds, but moving a bit around you can still find nice lonely places. Most popular are hikes and bikings around the lakes and you can also visit a few corners with still well preserved architecture of the first farmers, fishermen and salt miners.
Geology Of LoserLoser is obviously made of limestone, as the majority of Northern Limestone Alps. But the limestone of Loser is a bit special. It is called Tressensteinkalk (Tressenstein is the hill south of Altaussee). It originates from the upper Jurassic time and is grey to sligtly brown.
The Loser Rock Window
Just east of the summit of Hochanger, in the main ridge there is a beautiful rock window. It is easily reachable (the marked path passes by), through the window you see nicely down in the valley of Gschwandalm and on the summit of Schoenberg above it.
The Neighbouring Mountains
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Summit PanoramaDue to the exposed position of Loser it is really broad and nice. At first, all views fly of course towards the Dachstein, the peaks of its crown and its glaciers. But nice is also the Gosaukamm, the range of wild peaks right of Dachstein. More to the west, the Northern Limestone Alps continue with the Tennengebirge. And from behind all these mountains we can see even a few highest summits of Hohe Tauern. Towards the NW and N we can overlook the whole Salzkammergut - the mountaneous land of many peaks and big lakes among them. Finally on the E there are the summits of Totes Gebirge. Grosser Priel, the highest one, is clearly distinguished, but also many others, rising from those endless karst plateaus. Finally, no less interesting are the views down on the Altausseer See and on the famous walls of Trisselwand, rising on the other side of the lake.
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In the southern, western and northern walls of the small Loser group there are several not very high climbing routes. The base of those walls can be mostly reached from the mountain road, which is very convenient. You can start searching for some beta for example on the http://www.bergsteigen.com/ site (serch for 'Loser').
On the southern side, easily reachable from the road, there are two very popular iron routes:
Loser-Panorama-Klettersteig "Sisi" was opened in June 2007. It's a difficult one (D, most of the route C), and in some 1 h 30 min overcomes 200 m.
Loser-Panorama-Klettersteig "Sophie" was opened in 2016 and is much easier (C, most of the route A/B) and shorter.
From the window we continue along the main ridge. On a few places the path goes just on the ridge, offering great views on the N and W walls - towards the Greimuth. Then with slight ups and downs we walk to the dome of Hochanger and ascend it. The great panorama is already all seen, missing is only the view down on the lake. From Hochanger the marked path first descends some 40 meters on the broad saddle and on the other side goes gently up again - to the cross on Loser. Difficulty: T2, 1 h - 1 h 15 min.
Descent. To complete the round tour, we return towards the NE on the saddle and there deter right - in the southern direction. The marked path goes over an easy terrain and through easiest passages to the Loserhuette, 1504 m. Now you must go the last 100 m up by the road to reach the car.
Not very attractive, but shorter than the ascent route is the variant which descends from below rock window directly southwards, reaching also the S end of Augstsee.
2. The NE summits. If you are ready to spend some more time and you want to avoid crowds, then start peak-bagging the summits on the NE of the group. From Augstsee continue towards the NE on Braeuningalm, 1607 m, there turn left and ascend by the path No. 257 Braeuningzinken, 1899 m. That one is also a nice tour skiing goal. Then start returning by the main ridge. That part is not marked, but you may be lucky to find weak beaten paths. Across the slopes you aim the saddle between Greimuth (on the right) and Atterkogel (on the left). On both summits you can reach without climbing, but some passages are exposed and require experiences. Greimuth is a bit easier. From the saddle between the two summits you then continue towards the SW, until you reach the marked path No. 256, described above in #1. Over Hochanger you continue on Loser and then return directly down on the road. Altogether you'll need some 6 hours.
3. Loser from the Altaussee. You leave your car on the big parking place and then start the ascent from the church. The path No. 254 goes first towards the NE, then in big turns through the woods towards the N. From many places you have great views down on the lake and on Trisselwand. After reaching the Loser road, you choose the option for summit ascent. Altogether you'll do some 1200 m of altitude, the route is an easy hike up.
- Loserhuette, 1504 m.
- Bergrestaurant Loser Alm, 1600 m.