As you might see from the pictures posted to this page Mittagskofel is not the perfect mountain to be seen but certainly one of the best to see around from. It is located on one of the northern side ridges of the western part of the Carnic Alps Main Ridge. Actually it is on the third ridge counted from the east. It towers above the Lesachtal Valley and though its elevation is far from impressive the position on the northern tip of the ridge makes for great views towards the Lienz Dolomites and Carnic Alps. In particular the close-up view of the Steinwand, Edigon and Raudenspitze north faces is a very impressive experience.
There are three routes up the mountain none of which is much more than a hike in character. The ascent through Obergailer Tal is very steep at the outset and since the valley doen't see much light (being located north of the massive Steinwand north face) the path is very slippery - a much better ascent- than descent route. The other two routes use broad trails up to the summit block which then has to be scrambled upon.
The name of the mountain - Mittagskofel - stems from the location with respect to the village of Liesing directly to its north. Like so many of the mountains of the Alps it has been named by the time during which the sun is located directly above its top. "Mittag" means noon in German so that would explain the location sirectly south of the village. In many cases mountains are called Neuner (9), Zehner (10), Elfer (11) Zwölfer (12) and Einser (1) and in the Sexten Dolomites (some 30km to the west) you have a "sundial" with all of them.
Views from the summit
"It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed."
--Meursault in 'The Stranger'