We arrived in Austria to torrential rain, land slides had blocked some of the roads and we were feeling positively peeved at the prospect of having to abandon the climb. After a night of drowning sorrows in the Matreier Tauernhaus we set off none the less to see if the weather would improve and reached Neue Prager Hutte in the early afternoon of the 12th July. There was deep snow, a bad sign not only for trail breaking but also in terms of steering clear of hidden crevasses along the glacier.
On the morning of 13th July we were greeted with fantasic weather and decided to push on to the summit. The trek was exhausting as there was 2ft of fresh snow but fortunately we didn't run into any crevasse problems and summited early afternoon. The trek took us 6 hours, double the time normally taken for this route.
After greeting some fellow climbers at the summit (who had used our tracks) we descened for a well earned and exceedingly tasty steak in the Neue Prager Hutte.
Nice glacier route up from the Neuer Prager Hut. The weather was cold and windy. The cloud cleared on the summit ridge which was great!
Walked from camping in Hinterbichl to Defreggerhaus via Johannishutte. Not taking one of the many taxis. Woke up at 4am to be ahead of big masses. Easy climb (walk actually) up to the summit. Very cold at summit and misty, so no view at all. Then continued to Rainer Horn, Schwarze Wand and Hoher Zaun. Nice tour!!
Started in Neukirchen in the morning and arrived at the summit half an hour before sunset. Skied down and reached the Kürsingerhütte with the last daylight. Spent a beautiful night there (with fresh trout and red wine). Climbed the Schlieferspitze the next day. Phantastic "Christmas break", nobody except us was in the Obersulzbachtal.
Not my first mountain , but the first one that hooked me. A hard but beautiifull day that ended on top of the world..
Easy walk to the summit. Only the last meters went over a razor sharp ridge. It's a 5 hour's round-trip from the Defreggerhaus. We had reasonable weather and a good view on the summit.
Very crowded at the top, great weather.
Continued trip to Rainerhorn and Kleinvenediger.
The summit was totally covered by clouds, much wind and alone on the summit.
Starting from the parking lot near the Matreier Tauernhaus we went up to the Neue Prager Hütte. The next day we head to the summit at 12:00 and reached around 17:30. It was totally dark, and the GPS saved us from falling into one of the deep and long crevasses. On the top there we have seen an exceptional natural phenomenon: the spectre of Brücken - a rainbow glory around our shadows formed on the mist below.
Walked up from the Defreggerhaus (and back afterwards). Easy, almost no crevasses seen, but cold and windy. About 6 hours round-trip time.
On 3rd of August 18 of us came from Zagreb to Venedigerhaus at Innergschloss, in the afternoon hours. We immediately started the ascent towards Neue Prager Hutte and reached it in some 3.30h, just at sunset time. This is very beautiful path with excellent views on many waterfalls, which thunder down to valley, Kristallwand (3310m), Hoher Zaun (3467m), Schwarze Wand (3511m) and many more of beautiful Hohe Tauern peaks and especially Schlaten Kees glacier. I agree with Lezlee that Apfelstrudel in the Neue Prager Hutte is a "must try" :-) It is pity that there wasn't anymore when we returned from the top next day.
In the morning it was raining and weather was not promising at all. After rain had stopped we decided to go. It was around 8 am and cloudy. After an hour long scramble over the boulders and snow fields we reached the glacier where we put on crampons and roped our selves in three's. From here most interesting part of the Venediger ascent begins. For the next hour and a half we went over and around many crevasses till we reached Oberer Keesboden, all the time with fantastic views of clouds deep bellow us. It was amazing, weather was improving all the time so my digital camera spent most of it in my hands. At this point clouds started to break, showing blue sky's above and shining Rainer Horn (3559m). After 4 hours we reached the summit. Last 20 meters were lot of fun, walking over razor sharp (50 cm wide) drift with both sides falling into infinity :-) For the next hour we were enjoying beautiful views on all sides. On the way down to Neue Prager Hutte snow shower passed over us. It was an amazing day, high up in the Austrian Alps.
Rain was falling all night, preparing an excellent morning. Just as we got up at 6 am clouds, painted in sunrise colors, started to break and we had beautiful view at Gross Glockner. We descended to valley under clear blue sky, admiring again Schlaten Kees glacier and looking back all the time at Kleinvenediger (3471m) and the route we did yesterday.
Nice walk, good weather and perfect panorama.
Nice glacier walk.
Over 3000 m we had beautiful sunshine. The view over the clouded valleys with peaks like Grossglockner made this trip really enjoyable.
The Apfelstrudel in the Neue Prager Hutte is a "must try" dish! :-)
Started at 4.a.m with the bike from Neukirchen.
Reached the summit on ski at 10 a.m.
I was the only summitter that day, as the weather deteriorated and all the climbers on Kürsinger Hütte got up too late...
Short and easy glacier walk. Only the last meters are a bit exposed. Venediger is - like Glockner - very crowded, on most routes. We experienced that a lot of people see mountains like this as 'must have been there'. To most of them it was more important to summit than to look after the guy that broke his shoulder 50m below the track. One of the reasons I preferr less wanted routes. I think Venediger is more interesting as ski route in late spring.
July 29th 1985 - east route
the "classical way" with a 20-person-group of the german alpine club. We planned to do the south east route but changed because of bad weather at that day. During descent one of us fell into a crevasse and it took 1 hour to bring him back on the surface
August 10th 1994 - east route
last day of a nice 5-day-hiking-tour through the Granatspitz group and Venediger group.We left the Prager hut before usual breakfast and were at 8 o'clock on top with still nice weather. There I took my first and my last gulp of "Red Bull"
May 9th 1997 - north route with ski
started at nice weather after 50 cm new snow the day before. At the Oberer Gletscherboden weather changed surprisingly and rapidly. We turned without crossing the last summit ridge in heavy storm and had some difficulties to find back to the Venediger-Scharte. An old climber we had met had exactly forecasted this developement. This was Markus Schmuck, first climber of the Broad Peak!