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Mondspitze
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Mondspitze

 
Mondspitze

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Vorarlberg, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.15253°N / 9.72674°E

Object Title: Mondspitze

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 6453 ft / 1967 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: May 30, 2014 / May 30, 2014

Object ID: 898941

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Overview

 
The Mondspitze south-west ridge
The Mondspitze south-west ridge seen from Schillersattel

The Rätikon Range in Austria's smallest state Vorarlberg is famous for its limestone mountains like Sulzfluh, Drusenfluh or Kirchlispitzen as well as its highest summits around Schesaplana which almost reach an elevation of 3000m. From this main ridge several north-eastern side ridges run out into the valley of the river Ill. One of these ridges, wedged between Gamperdonatal Valley and Brandnertal Valley, is named after its most important summit the Fundlkopf Ridge. In itself it is also a famous spot as many of the Brandnertal ski runs are located on the ridge.

Before it runs out to some insignificant summits, the Fundlkopf Ridge kind of ends in two actual or near 2000ers, Schillerkopf (2006m) and Mondspitze (1967m). Connected by a long ridge across Schillersattel, both mountains couldn't be more different. While Schillerkopf is a limestone mountain with the typical towers, vertical walls, scree fields and even a huge doline (Kessiloch), Mondspitze is covered in firs and dwarf pines (Latschen) up to its very summit. Seen from the trailhead, Mondspitze looks like an almost perfect triangle, while actually it has a very steep north ridge and a long knife-edge south-west ridge towards Schillersattel.
 
Mondspitze
 
 
Mondspitze
 
 
Mondspitze
 

The routes towards Mondspitze follow these two ridges but due to the steepness of the former one it is rarely climbed. Rather, most people foloow the normal route through Schillersattel which includes the long panoramic south-west ridge. As mentioned above, the summit ridges are covered in dwarf pines, obstacles, which can pose serious difficulties on these exposed ridges. Here on Mondspitze the paths avoid the pines thus often leading out onto the south slopes of the mountain. The south-west ridge contains several summits of similar height, which thus get passed by while heading for the main one.
 
Schesaplana Group
 
 
Zimba Group
 
 
Schillerkopf and Mondspitze
 

Thanks to its position as north-easter outpost of the Rätikon Range above the Ill River Valley, Mondspitze offers far reaching views into the mountain ranges of the northern limestone Alps. Brgegenzerwaldgebirge, and Lechquellengebirge rise across the Ill River and beyond you can see the Allgäu Alps, Lechtal Alps as well as the Verwall- and Silvretta Groups. And to the north you will see Lake Constance, largest lake in the vicinity of the whole Alps.

Summit Panorama


Summit view across the northern Rätikon Ridges

Getting There

Mondspitze
Mondspitze seen from Schillerkopf

Trailhead for Schillerkopf and Mondspitze is Tschengla Alm, which is located above the village Bürserberg, itself at the mouth of Brandnertal Valley. It is most easily reached by motorway A14, which connects Bregenz near Lake Constance with Innsbruck through the Arlberg Tunnel. Either of the ends of the motorway can be easily reached from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Brand has an exit on the motorway and you have to go through Bürserberg to reach the village. In Bürserberg look out for signs to Tschengla. There are several parking lots along the road and near the Tschengla holiday village.

Routes

 
Mondspitze
 
 
Schillerkopf and Mondspitze
 
 
Looking across Gamperdonatal
 

There are two routes to the summit of Mondspitze. The regular normal route scrambles to Schillersattel, the col between Schillerkopf and Mondspitze, then follows the somewhat exposed south-west ridge of Mondspitze, mostly staying on its right-hand side.

The second route heads up to the summit from the north, across the forbiddingly steep north ridge. It is still a hiking route but an exposed and very strenuous one.

Red Tape

There is no red tape here. As you'll have to cross the pastures of Tschengla Alm and Rona Alpe, please make ssure to close all gates and (electrical) fences behind you. There are a lot of orchids on the upper parts of the routes (mainly gymnadenia conopsea), which are strictly protected. Leave them where they belong!

Accommodation

Since Brandnertal is a well known ski area there is plenty of accommodation nearby. You can use the following link:

www.brandnertal.at

Also, in Bürserberg, beneath Tschengla Alm, there is a campground if you are inclined this way.

Weather Conditions



Maps & Books

Maps


  • Brandnertal / Nenzinger Himmel / Rätikon
    1 : 35.000
    WK 5374
    Verlag Freytag & Berndt
    ISBN: 978-3-7079-1275-3
  • Montafon
    1:25000
    WK 032
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3-85491-614-7


Books


  • Brandnertal
    Herbert Mayr
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3-7633-4035-4

Images

MondspitzeMondspitzeThe Mondspitze south-west ridgeMondspitzeSchillerkopf and MondspitzeSchillerkopf and MondspitzeLooking across Gamperdonatal
MondspitzeMondspitzeSchesaplana GroupZimba GroupFerwall GroupNorthern RätikonMondspitze