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Ski tour on the Kuhscheibe

 
Ski tour on the Kuhscheibe

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.99149°N / 11.08246°E

Object Title: Ski tour on the Kuhscheibe

Date Climbed/Hiked: Feb 27, 2010

Activities: Skiing

Season: Spring, Winter

 

Page By: mvs

Created/Edited: Feb 28, 2010 / Feb 28, 2010

Object ID: 600904

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Page Score: 74.92%  - 5 Votes 

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Just a nice ski tour

 
On the approach
On the approach
It had been almost 2 years since I got to do a climb with Christian. We were actually excited to do an ice climb, but the really warm weather in the last week had a devastating impact on the ice. So, what to do? Go hiking! Which means skiing this time of year.

Christian suggested skiing up the Kuhscheibe or one of the other peaks around the Amberger Hut in the Stubai Range. I'd never been over there, so it sounded like a great plan. The drive was pretty long, factoring in two stops it took 3 hours from Munich. I was surprised because most of the time my visits to the Stubai Range are in the big Stubai Valley or the Sellrain Valley, each of which is just 2 hours from home. But this location on the west and south of the range is quite far, basically near the big Sölden resort skiing area. Oh well, we were skinning up the closed road at 9 am on a great blue sky day.

There had been rain and snow the day before, and Sunday was predicted to be unsettled as well. Score one for us in the eternal battle with the weather gods!

An hour and a half up the road, through pretty open country of the lower Sulztal, and we reached the Amberger Hütte. "How about some Apfelstrüdel, Christian?" Never pass up a chance for sugary fuel, I thought. "Sure!" he said.

As we ate we talked about peaks we wanted to climb. "Charles and I are planning for the Pallavicini Rinne on the Grossglockner in April or May, want to come?" Three people for that trip would be better than two. We could share one rope and one stove for the bivouac hut. We made rough plans and slowly the process of generating excitement for the summer season begins.

In the Rosskar
In the Rosskar

Above the Rosskar
Above the Rosskar

Small scale
Small scale


Back out in the sun we crossed part of the long flat Sulztal meadow, then followed a trail made that morning by some skiers (and a dog). It took us steeply up the west valley wall and ultimately into a side valley called the Roßkar. Already the hut looked far away. We continued in here for a while, then the track branched again. Going left and south, we climbed into a basin below the Kuhscheibenspitze glacier. For a moment I thought we made a wrong turn, as it looked like our side valley ended in a rugged crest. But it was an illusion. A look at the map made clear a narrow gap that allowed us to climb onto the small (pocket) glacier. Up there we could see climbers on the summit ridge, blowing spindrift all around them. "Windy up there!" We put on jackets and made the last switchbacks to the ski depot as the first descenders started making tracks down. A few minutes of climbing awkwardly in ski boots and we were on the satisfyingly narrow summit.

 
The Schrankogel
The Schrankogel
The Schrankogel was the dominating peak, off to our east, but many others vied for attention, including those on the other side of the Ötz valley where we drove in. We noticed that those peaks don't seem to get a lot of skiers attention, seeming quite rugged with steep valley flanks.

Down we went, Christian making beautiful turns and me muddling along as best I could. Later, I became unbalanced in the powdery snow and fell, losing a ski. I grew alarmed as I combed the area, unable to find it! "Oh man!" I thought. Eventually it appeared, trampled beneath my steps in a particularly deep area.

Back to the hut for some coffee, then a rapid ski down to Christian's car in Gries. Really nice day!

Elevation gain/loss: 1650 meters (~5400 feet)
Time: 5 hours to summit, 7 hours total (1 hour hanging around the hut)


Excellent snow
Excellent snow

Christian on the summit
Christian on the summit

On the summit of Kuhscheibenspitze
On the summit of Kuhscheibenspitze

Looking down...
Looking down...

To the west
To the west



Images

Looking down...The SchrankogelTo the westOn the approachIn the RosskarThe SchrankogelAbove the Rosskar
Christian on the summitOn the summit of KuhscheibenspitzeExcellent snowA lonely road...Small scale

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Gangolf HaubDo you happen...

Gangolf Haub

Voted 10/10

... to have any pictures of the Sulztalkamm Ridge? The one on which Kuhscheibe is located? It is one of the last Stubai subgroups that is still missing on SP and all I need are more pictures...

It's even worse for the Windach-Brunnenkogel Kamm
:-(
Posted Mar 2, 2010 11:01 am

mvsRe: Do you happen...

mvs

Hasn't voted

Howdy Gangolf, jeez, it is uncanny. From the summit, all of my photos look either northeast (into the Sulztal and especially focusing on the Schrankogel) or due west into the interesting-looking opposite side of the Ötz valley. Although I remember the ridge looking pretty cool going north I never took a picture of it. And later, perusing the map, I was amazed that the mighty Wilde Leck just to the south made no impression on me.

It's kind of a Bermuda Triangle situation.

But I hope to climb the Wilde Leck later in the spring, if so I'll try to come back with treasure :).
Posted Mar 2, 2010 2:01 pm

Gangolf HaubRe: Do you happen...

Gangolf Haub

Voted 10/10

Will do. I have too many open projects anyway.
Posted Mar 2, 2010 3:51 pm

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