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Wonderful via ferrata ridge with view to Zugspitze

Wonderful via ferrata ridge with view to Zugspitze

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Lechtal Alps, Austria, Europe

Object Title: Wonderful via ferrata ridge with view to Zugspitze

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 6, 2008

Activities: Via Ferrata

Season: Summer


Page By: schmid_th

Created/Edited: Aug 15, 2008 / Aug 15, 2008

Object ID: 431739

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2 1/2 great days in the Lechtal Alps

My wife and me had holidays from 04th August 2008 to 10th August 2008 and we wanted to make some nice climbs in the mountains. But as the weather was not really stable we decided to plan ad hoc.
At Monday it was really bad weather, also most of Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday were forecasted as sunny days but at Friday and the weekend again rain, rain, rain in the Alps…

So we had 2 ½ days for some climbing. We decided to drive to Ehrwald and ascent at Tuesday evening to Coburger hut and climb the via ferrata Tajakante to Vorderer Tajakopf at Wednesday. For Thursday we were thinking about Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze via the south wall.

Day 1: 05/08/2008

Tuesday morning it was raining at home. I checked the webcam of Ehrwald… rain. So some more relaxing and we started driving later. So we arrived in Ehrwald at 4.30 pm. The weather was very cloudy with some drops, but not really raining. And we could even see some mountains…
So we ascended via Seebenalm to Coburger hut. As it was relatively late and the weather was so bad that day we were alone the whole ascent. But as nearer we came to the hut the weather became “better”. “Better” means no rain, the clouds were less grey and finally we could see some mountains like Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze.

We reached the Coburger hut at 7 pm. We had luck that we got a warm dinner there as they they just wanted to close the kitchen for this evening. So we enjoyed the great dinner there and hoped for good weather for the long ridge Tajakante the next day.

Seeben lake
Ascent to Coburger hut
Coburger hut
Coburger hut
Coburger hut
Coburger hut

Day 2: 06/08/2008

Morning impression of Zugspitze

When we got up the next morning I looked out the window… No rain, no clouds – just blue sky and a rising sun… what a great panorama! A great view to Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze and Zugspitze! My heart beated faster!
Then we enjoyed breakfast and started then.

Alpenglow at Zugspitze

The via ferrata follows an impressing line – nearly almost at the west ridge to Vorderer Tajakopf. And always challenging with difficult passages, often vertical, 1x even lightly pendently. We had always a great view down to Seebensee with its turquoise water. So we made some breaks to enjoy the view from the ridge. Point 12.00 we reached the summit cross and shared this great viewpoint with some other climbers. Really impressing! After a longer break we started to descent. It´s also a steep way down with some wire-ropes and you have to go down really carefully because of lots of boulders.

In the evening we enjoyed a wonderful evening light and alpenglow at Zugspitze – this was one of the mountains you never forget!

Deep view to Seeben lake
At the ridge
Via ferrata Tajakante
Deep view to Seeben lake
Summit shot Vorderer Tajakopf
summit shot Vorderer Tajakopf

Day 3: 07/08/2008

Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze south side
Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze
West ridge of Vorderer Drachenkopf
ridge of Drachenkopf
Ridge of Vorderer Drachenkopf
ridge of Drachenkopf

The next morning was also sunny with only a few little clouds. But for the afternoon rain was forecasted. So we decided not to climb Ehrwalder Sonnenspitze but climb Vorderer Drachenkopf.
It´s a short ascent but at the summit flank with many boulders. So it´s not a really nice ascent. When you slip at the boulders in this flank you will fall down 300 metres. So we stopped before the summit and turned back.
So we enjoyed a great Kaiserschmarrn at the hut – hhhhm, delicious!!!
And then we descended back to Ehrwald. After a short break at Seebensee were we cooled our hot feet in the cold water we made another break at Seebenalm with some drinks.
And when we reached the car in the valley it started to rain…

So we started at the right time at Tuesday, made a wonderful climb at Wednesday, had a great day at Thursday and also came back at the right moment. Overall a wonderful trip with a great via ferrata and a really lovely hut with delicious food! We will often think back at this successful and great trip!

Cooling down at Seeben lake


Alpenglow at ZugspitzeMorning impression of ZugspitzeSunset ZugspitzeEhrwalder Sonnenspitze south sideZugspitze from ascent to Vorderer DrachenkopfVertical passageZugspitze and Seeben lake
Alpenglow of ZugspitzeCoburger hut and Drachensee (Dragon Lake)Tajakopf in the moonlightSummit shot Vorderer TajakopfVia ferrata TajakanteDeep view down from Vorderer TajakopfVertical via ferrata
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mvssounds about right...


Voted 10/10

in 8 days in July, we had 2 "stellar weather" days to do some climbing. Way to make use of the great weather you had!
Posted Aug 15, 2008 8:41 am

schmid_thRe: sounds about right...


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I´m sad that we couldn´t make more climbs but happy that even those days in the mountains were possible. Weather can´t be influenced by people... ;-(
So I hope for some more nice days in the Alps in September!
Posted Aug 15, 2008 8:54 am

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