The base of the climb is at Karlsbader Hütte. You reach this from Lienzer Dolomitenhütte (see main page for "getting there" info) by hiking south along the Laserzbachtal Valley. You can use a forest road or a shortcutting footpath.
From Klammbrückl (also see the "getting there" section of the main page) you have to hike out south through Kerschbaumer Tal until you reach Kerschbaumer Schutzhütte. From here turn east to ascend to the Kerschbaumer Törl Pass. Descend on the eastern side and head for Karlsbader Hütte which you can already see from the pass.
Route DescriptionGeneral data
- Start altitude: 2241m
- Summit altitude: 2613m
- Prevailing exposition: N
- Type: 1h 30min marked scree covered trails, 15min class I scramble
- Protection: marked but without protection
Effort: 400m of altitude gain, 3km distance to the summit.
Power: 2 - UIAA I
Psyche: 2 - exposed scramble
Orientation: 1 - easy in good weather
From Karlsbader Hütte head westward - direction Kerschbaumer Törl. After some 200m a steep trail, marked with blue dots heads of to the left. It reaches a plateau with a memorial cross after some 10min. In good weather this plateau commands a great view across the whole Laserz Group of the Lienz Dolomites.Turn around and now the trail heads directly up the mountain in south-westerly direction. It zigzags the north-eastern slopes of Teplitzer Spitze until it reaches the Teplitzer Spitze north face after 30 min. Here the two climbing routes start.
The remainder of the hike to Ödkarscharte crosses below the Teplitzer Spitze North Face to scramble steeply up to the pass. Again, in good weather, enjoy the views - this time towards the Carnic Alps. From the pass head westward up to a shoulder (2596m) where the other route from Kerschbaumer Törl joins. The remainder of the climb are some 20 - 30m of exposed UIAA I scramble towards the summit. First you have to negotiate several narrow chimneys before heading up along the Teplitzer Spitze South Ridge.
Essential GearFor most of the ascent hiking gear is sufficient. If you are not experienced in exposed locations rope up for the final 30m.