ApproachThe approach to Bodenbauer is described on the main page.
Route DescriptionGreat ascent to Zagelkogel or Hochwart in a wild rocky landscape. From Bodenbauer to NW following the marked trail. On the first junction take the right trail. The marking leads under the Hundswand and 5 minutes thereafter a steep slope to a break in the forest in Trawiestal, created by a big avalanche. After that, turn left. Through the steep forest (no marking) on the right side of the narrow valley (looking up) you get to the slope leading to Rauchtal.
After passing the narrow part between Beilstein and Stangenwand, look out for possible falling cornices and avalanches coming from the slope in NW. Ice- and stonefall from Beilstein on the left side.
At Rauchtalsattel, most people head to Hochwart (N) and Zagelkogel (E). It is also possible to get to the Hochschwab main summit, but the view is not more spectacular and the route rather boring with ski.
The last part of the ascent to Zagelkogel, a north slope, may be hard and icy even in April. That's why you took the crampons with, didn't you?