Grossvenediger Climber's Log

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Sene - Aug 1, 2007 2:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2007

From Defregger H.  Sucess!

We had to slept in the winterraum becouse we hadn't book a place in the Hütte. Start early in the morning in good snow condition. After this summit we went up to the Rainer Horn.


yanks - Jul 3, 2007 12:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2007

east route  Sucess!

In this day the weather was perfect, but the route couldn't seen at all because of the fresh snow. So we had to be careful.
It was a long walk, but we reached the top at 10am.

Damir Mesec

Damir Mesec - Oct 2, 2006 8:13 am Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006

Route climbed: South route over the glacier to the summit  Sucess!

I made this summit with my friend Boris. The ascent and descent takes 2 days. We slept at the winter-room „Defregger hutte(2950m)“
and the next day over the glacier and summited. It was a nice weather. The ascent is all the way walk up, not technical but a long walk days.


morceaux - Sep 11, 2006 7:38 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006

East route up - South route down  Sucess!

We had perfect weather, good glacier conditions, and lots of people... It was a fantastic trip, we climbed via eastern route, sleeping at Neue Prager Hütte, and descended via southern route. We could see beautiful landscapes through the crystal clear sky.

petehaz - Dec 19, 2005 9:36 am

Route Climbed: From the east Date Climbed: 13th July 2005  Sucess!

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.


Charles - Aug 5, 2005 9:59 am

Route Climbed: Neuer Prager Hut Date Climbed: 2nd August 2005  Sucess!

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!

frombelowsealevel - Sep 13, 2004 5:28 am

Route Climbed: Normal route from Defregger Date Climbed: August 4  Sucess!

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!!


tiefenthaler - Aug 20, 2004 2:12 am

Route Climbed: Skitour from Neukirchen Date Climbed: 27 December 1988  Sucess!

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.


camp-1 - Aug 15, 2003 2:43 am

Route Climbed: east route Date Climbed: july 2000  Sucess!

Not my first mountain , but the first one that hooked me. A hard but beautiifull day that ended on top of the world..

Mister White

Mister White - Aug 2, 2003 5:08 am

Route Climbed: South route Date Climbed: 29-7-2003  Sucess!

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.


mpa - Jul 29, 2003 4:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2002

Eastern route  Sucess!

Very crowded at the top, great weather.
Continued trip to Rainerhorn and Kleinvenediger.


Lieven - Jul 14, 2003 1:43 am

Route Climbed: north route Date Climbed: 10/07/2003  Sucess!

The summit was totally covered by clouds, much wind and alone on the summit.


Lud - Jun 13, 2003 7:03 am

Route Climbed: east Date Climbed: October 2001  Sucess!

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.


hoorickj - Mar 24, 2003 6:44 am

Route Climbed: South route Date Climbed: 18 march 2003  Sucess!

Walked up from the Defreggerhaus (and back afterwards). Easy, almost no crevasses seen, but cold and windy. About 6 hours round-trip time.


Velebit - Aug 7, 2002 9:32 am

Route Climbed: Eastern route - via Neue Prager Hutte Date Climbed: 4th of August 2002  Sucess!

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.

Aleksandar Gospic

maulwurf - Jul 24, 2002 3:47 am

Route Climbed: Neue Prager Hütte, East Route Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

Nice walk, good weather and perfect panorama.

lezlee - Jul 1, 2002 10:52 am

Route Climbed: east rout Date Climbed: 30 July 2002  Sucess!

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! :-)


thomas.schmeidl - May 13, 2002 7:14 am

Route Climbed: Bike&Ski from Neukirchen Date Climbed: May 1994  Sucess!

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...


PeterCorneliusSpaeth - Apr 24, 2002 9:59 am

Route Climbed: South East Route from Defreggerhaus Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!

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.


Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Feb 23, 2002 5:15 am

Route Climbed: several Date Climbed: 1985 - 1994 - 1997  Sucess!

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!

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