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Pfannock
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Pfannock

 
Pfannock

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Kaernten/Carinthia, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.88765°N / 13.75351°E

Object Title: Pfannock

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 7395 ft / 2254 m

 

Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Feb 19, 2006 / Feb 19, 2006

Object ID: 173905

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Overview

 
Farewell to Pfannock
Returning on Brunnachhoehe
Pfannock is one of typical mountains in Nockberge - rounded, grassy, in summer easy to ascend, with two nice lakes in the valley south of it. But in winter it turns into a very rewarding ski tour goal. If we start from the ski resort above St. Oswald, 1319m, and don't opt for Rosennock, the highest summit in the region, then Pfannock might be the goal for a nice ski tour - equivalently to the neighbouring Mallnock, 2226m and Klomnock, 2331m. Yet, its southern slope, the side from which we approach, is scaringly steep for a ski tour. It can be ascended with skis only in best conditions and with great care of not sliding down. The usual summer and also ski tour approach goes over the SW ridge.

In summer the second option to ascend the summit is from the Nockalmstrasse. Where this one descends from both culmination points into Grundtal, there's a nice Grundalm, 1688m. In the big hut there's an open exposition of life in Nock forrests, part of the Nationalpark Nockberge. There the marked path to Oswalder Bock Sattel (saddle) statrts, from which the summit of Pfannock can again be reached from the southern side and by the SW ridge.

The third option is not marked. NW of the summit there's Hofalmbach and Hofalm alpine meadow, from which we can ascend towards the south on Erlacher Bock Scharte (saddle) and by the SW ridge again to the summit. Also if we don't keep to paths and trails the terrain in Nockberge is mostly easilly passable, even in winter, so we can also do other routes.
 
Pfannock from the south
South slope
 
Pfannock SW ridge
S-W ridge

Summit Views

As Nock mountains are scattered in the area and quite equally high, also Pfannock offers a nice panorama: We are standing in the middle of Nockberge, on the SW we see the broad Rosennock and all around in close neighbourhood other Nock summits. In the distance some main ranges of Alps can be clearly seen: Schladminger Tauern on the North, Hohe Tauern on the West and Julian Alps and Karavanke/Karawanken on the South.
 
Pfannock summit view
South views
 
Pfannock summit view
North views
 
Pfannock summit view
West views

Getting There

 
Gurktal Alps / Nockberge
Gulktal Alps / Nockberge overview map

For the broader overview see the Gurktal Alps / Nockberge page!

From the south you best reach the well known tourist resort Bad Kleinkirchheim either from Klagenfurt via Feldkirchen or from Villach or Spittal via Radenthein. In Bad Kleinkirchheim you turn north into the valley of St. Oswald (8 km). On the upper part of the village you can in winter use the cable-car on Brunnachhoehe. For 550m of altitude a one-way ticket is EUR 7.90 (in winter 2006).

The other option is the Nockalmstrasse. There you pay EUR 13 toll for a car or EUR 7 toll for a motor bike. It is opened from begin of May till end of October.

On the web, you can see a detailed map on: http://www.austrianmap.at/.
 
Brunnachhoehe
Brunnachhoehe

Routes Overview

Summer marked paths


1. From the south. Many marked paths lead to the mountain base from the south. They go either through Langalmtal or from the ridge of Brunnachhoehe to one of the two saddles, south of Pfannock: Oswalder Bock Sattel and Erlacher Bock Scharte. From there you ascend the summit over the SW ridge. Time depends on the starting point. Easy.
2. From the north-east: You start on Grundalm, 1688m, and go towards SW to Oswalder Bock Sattel, 1958, and further to the summit (2h). Easy.

Ski tour from the south


 
Pfannock approach
South ascent
 
Oswalder Bock Sattel
Oswald Bock Sattel
 
Pfannock downhill
Powder snow

You start on the ridge of Brunnachhoehe, 1902m, (or in St. Oswald, 1356m), by the upper station of the cable-car. First you continue a few minutes by the ridge towards NE, then descend a bit to Bockhuette (mountain hut - closed in winter), cca. 1860m. From there you comfortably ascend by a nice valley towards the North to Oswalder Bock Sattel, 1958. There you turn west. By the northern slopes of the fore-summit you reach a nice valley south of Pfannock. The two lakes are usually covered with ice and snow. There you decide whether to ascend the summit directly by the south slope (very steep - some 35 degrees!) or go towards the West on the notch between the fore-summit and the main summit and ascend the highest point by the SW ridge. You best ski down by the latter direction, even if the SW ridge is a bit rocky. In good snow conditions also the southern slope is a good option for a good skier.
 
Below Brunnachhoehe
Below Brunnachhoehe

Red Tape

No limitations, but a great portion of Nockberge is a natural parc. For more details, see the official web site of Nationalpark Nockberge.

The Nockalmstrasse is opened from May to October (toll!).

Camping

To ascend Pfannock you don't need to sleep on the mountain. Otherwise south of it, at the end of Langalmtal, there's the Erlacher Huette, 1636m. It is private, opened from May till October, has 54 beds. Tel. 0043/ (0)4246/4460 or 0043/(0)676/4210545. Can be reached from the parking place above Radenthein in 1:15h.
 
Bockhuette
Bockhuette

When To Climb

You can climb Pfannock in any season.

For weather conditions for Austria see here (then choose regions: Steiermark and Kaernten).

Avalanche info page is the following: Kaernten.

Images

PfannockFarewell to PfannockBelow BrunnachhoehePfannock summit viewPfannock SW ridgePfannock summit viewPfannock downhill
BockhuettePfannock summit viewPfannock from the southPfannock approachOswalder Bock Sattel