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South Flank

South Flank

South Flank

Page Type: Route

Location: Carnic Alps, Austria/Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.64000°N / 12.73000°E

Object Title: South Flank

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: UIAA II

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Nov 27, 2004 / Jul 9, 2006

Object ID: 163048

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See the main page for the directions to the trailheads. From the north follow the signs to Peralba and HochweiƟsteinhaus. From the hut take the trail No 41 towards Peralba which crosses the ridge at Hochalpl Pass.

From the South take trail no 132 to Rifugio Calvi. From there take trail No 140, later trail No 41 to Hochalpl pass.

Route Description

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  - Start altitude: 2278m (Hochalpl Pass)
  - Summit altitude: 2479m
  - Prevailing exposition: SW
  - Type: 30min along trails, 1h 30min along steep slopes
  - Protection: mostly unmarked, no protection
  • Effort: 200m of altitude gain, 1km distance to the summit (from Hochalpl Pass) form the trailheads you hike for 7km with an altitude difference of roughly 1000m)
  • Power: 2 - hike and steep scramble
  • Psyche: 2-3 - the climb along the slope appears very exposed
  • Orientation: 1 - easy though not marked

    From Hochalpl pass descend for some 600m into the Valley of Rio Oregone. To your right a steep chimney opens (East Face Route) and after the pillar which bounds you reach a large couloir. This couloir almost reaches the top of the southern fore summit.

    At the base of the couloir you have to scramble among boulders and scree. The terrain is rocky but somehow easier to scramble through than the upper grassy part of the climb. On top of the rocky part the slope gets slightly more shallow and you have to find the route along the grass by yourself. We found it easiest to climb the left (north-western) side of the couloir. There is a small dent in the slope which leads to the pass between the fore summit (were we stopped) and the eastern main summit.

    To reach the eastern summit from the little pass you have to climb another very steep and exposed grassy slope. To reach the western summit, descend onto a ledge which leads around the eastern summit on its northern side and from there head up still another very steep grassy slope.

    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear may not be sufficient but there are no places were you can place protection. For the lowest part of the couloir a helmet might be a good idea because of the lose rock.


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