Beautiful sunset at Heinrich-Schweiger hut and lovely sunny ascent the following day. Could not ask for more.
We climbed from Heinrich schweiger haus. Almost no sno on the way...
Very foggy, snowy and icy climb on this dark Austrian climb. Climbed from Bus station Mooserboden to the summit, back to Heinrich Schweiger haus to have a beer and soup and back down to the bus in 6 and a half hour.
Nice last day of the holyday
It took a long drive to Kaprun. After going up to The Heinrich-Swaiger-Haus, where I did spend the night. I reached the summit at 9.15 in the morning. Nice view and did stay for one hour at the summit. Afterwards I went down that same day to the Mooserbodem and did drive back to Karnten.
Started from Schwaigerhaus and climbed Wiesbachhorn, Bratchenkopf and Klockerin before finishing at Oberwalderhütte. Long, hard and great day with perfect weather.
Started in the morning with the first bus from Alpenhaus Kesselfall. Hiking started at around 2000 m. Left unnecessary stuff at the hut around 2800 m and went up lighter and solo. Nobody else on the to when I got there and I met only a few people on my way up, I was the last one to climb it that day. Magnificent mountain, clear sky after a cold front. Beautiful view towards Grossglockner. ON my way down I slept at the hut. Good food, nice warm people from the German Alpine Club (DAV). Berg Heil!
and climbed Wiesbachhorn via normal route. Went on to Bratschenkopf, Klockerin and to Oberwalder Hütte. Great !!
Nice mountain and nice view to Grossglockner.
Up the 2400m high SO flank, ski descent via Bratschenkopf, Klockerin and Hochgruberkees. Nice 2650m vertical roundtrip from Vögerlalm with 2400m of skiing.
I climbed with Sene. We were on the top for an hour. About 30cm of snow was fallen 2 weeks ago and it been glacial. The upper part of the ridge was a little steep. There was not any problem, but our staying would have been better. Fantastic panorama and experience.
Climbed with my girlfriend Irene.Went up to the hut on Saturday late afternoon and started Sunday at 06.30 from the hut to the summit. Less than 3 hours from the hut to the summit.Kaindl ridge is a wonderful snow ridge (if you are early in the season) - sometimes called "Little Bianco ridge"...). Upper part is mixed (rock & snow/ice, max. 35°), but still good to use crampons here.Nice chimney soon after the hut "Heinrich-Schwaiger Haus" to warm up in the morning (secured with fixed ropes).We had fairly nice weather (some clouds and fog now and then, but always sunny inbetween). Grossglockner kept his summit hidden in clouds this day, but we had very nice views to Bratschenkopf and Klockerin en-route.
Up and down Kaindlgrat, because snow was too soft on the NW face. A lovely ridge walk with a few interesting bits! It's quite a long hike from Kasselfall, so maybe it's best to wait for the bus to mooserboden (is that the right name?) to start running in June.
A very nice mountain with a magnificent view. Recommendet.
Nice route.... great view to the glockner...
Not very difficult, but the when the ridge is icy be carefull, otherwise you might end up in the stausee/ lake!!!
We started at Heinrich-Schweiger Haus at 6 a.m. and reached the summit after 3 hours. Beautiful view, especially on Hoher Tenn. After descent back to Kaindl-kees (glacier seemed to be O.K. but under new snow were small crevasses) we contiued to Hinterer Bratschenkopf and then to Klockerin. Nice Gruberscharten-Biwak near to saddle (Gruberscharte) but we had still enough time to go to upper Pasterze glacier (we wanted to make Johannisberg next day). Unfortunately, the weather changed suddenly. In the snow blizzard we camped at the further saddle Ob. Bockkar-Scharte (3200) above the Oberwalderhütte. Next day was foggy, 20 cm of new snow. We returned to Biwak and then happily following footsteps in the snow descended the Bärenkopf-kees (full of crevasses, but visible) to the Mooserboden lake and to Kaprun.
After several days of rain in valleys the mountain was covered with new snow. So already on the path to Heinrich-Schwaiger Haus we had up to 30 cm of snow. In the morning the rocky part was not problematic while being steep enough, but the upper part of rocks under Fochezkopf was not pleasant (not rocks, not snow). Later, Kaindlgrat was a pure joy! Having also a perfect weather, this day was one of my best days in Grossglockner Group.
This "easy" mountain offered more than I expected. It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to getting back to the Alps next Summer.
As for the Wiesbachhorn specifically, it is technically very easy though certainly not a hike. The climb can be broken into four main sections...
The first portion of the climb is on a steep trail which I ran / hiked in 1:05. This would have taken about 1:30 to 2:00 hours if I had not not been alone and not been in a hurry. It is a beautiful hike so if you don't have to hurry, don't. I was late and wanted to get to the hut (which is awesome and serves great food, especially the Kaespressknoedel). I stayed in the hut overnight but this is not required, though I recommend it.
The next part of the climb took me over steep rock to the start of the Kaindl ridge. This section of rock is not technical but it is not exactly hiking either. I stowed my ice ax and used both hands on the rocks. The hardest portions have fixed cables. At the end of the "climbing" I put on my crampons. This was the start of the Kaindlgrat.
The Kaindlgrat is the long ridge that leads to the base of the summit pyramid. If you have a good sense of balance and good crampons, this is the easiest section of the climb. It is a gradual snow ridge that leads to the shoulder below the summit ridge. At the end of the Kaindlgrat I met the first person who had turned around because of the extreme wind higher up.
The rocks at the base of this final ridge were easy and offered protection but as it narrowed I began to feel the effects of the wind. I had to keep a low profile, crawling and using everything I had to keep from being lifted up by the wind (which was steady, not gusting). I would have liked to have had a second ice axe, but I found I could get a grip on the mountain by putting my fingers into holes made in the snow by the ice axes of people who had climbed the day before. Not exactly the safest hold, but better than nothing. A group of three was the only sign of life on the upper part of the mountain at this time and they descended as I was comming up. Being roped up on this ridge is not a bad idea but being solo made that kind of difficult. I wouldn't want to do it again under those conditions without roping up. The sky was still clear and beautiful but by the time I got to the summit I was thinking more about how I was going to get down than about the view of the Gross Glockner in the distance. The summit was amazing and I was stoked to be up there but the hammering wind changed my priorities. As the day went on the it died down and people had no trouble walking up the ridge, so all I can say is watch the conditions because they make all the difference on a mountain like this.
Starting from Heinrich-Schweiger-Haus (2.802 m) at 06.30 am. Reaching summit with an Austrian couple at 10.00 am. Wonderful weather conditions; best view from this outstanding mountain; just in reach Grossklockner. Great...
We did the trip on the last weekend the hut was open. Regardless of bad weather forecasts, the sun was shining all day, and only few other climbers were there with us. It had been snowing a lot before; the climb was exhausting in the deep snow (well over the knees). Being the first to reach the seemingly untouched summit (for the first time in my life) was a special experience.
worked as mountain guide and had clients for the North West Face...due to very bad ice conditions we decided for "Kaindl Ridge" which is the normal route...wonderful weather conditions with clouds and mist (see my photos)