Sommerwand (engl: "summer wall") is not only one single summit, but a ridge with four peaks, which are named Vordere Sommerwand (2677m/8783ft), Mittlere Sommerwand (2847m/9341ft), Hintere Sommerwand (2904m/9528ft) and finally the highest of all Innere Sommerwand (3122m/10243ft). These summits are connected by the Sommerwand which runs from Innere Sommerwand in the south to Vordere Sommerwand about 2.5km to the north east.
Vordere Sommerwand is one of the summits very close to Franz Senn-hut (2147m/7044ft). Because of an ascent time of about 1.5-2h from the hut, this summit is visited very often. The only dificulties on the way up to the smallest Sommerwand is the summit ridge, which is quite exposed but well secured with chains. On the other hand stands Innere Sommerwand, which is an easy glacier climb (up to 30°) via the Sommerwandferner (engl: "Sommerwand glacier") and therefore very popular, too. The other two summits are climbed not that often, because the best way to reach them is by climbing Sommerwand-ridge from Vordere Sommerwand to Innere Sommerwand. This ridge traverses all Sommerwand summits and is a nice UIAA IV climb in mostly solid rock (that' s what people told me).
The glacier below Innere Sommerwand is not very large and therefore the high temperatures of 2006 have left their trace. But the summit offers viwes into the heart of the Stubai Alps and their great glacier landscape. Especially the views to Alpeiner Ferner are breath taking...
The best way to start your climb of one of the Sommerwand summits is Franz Senn-hut (2147m/7044ft). To reach the hut you have to get to Neustift-Milders in the Stubai valley. There are several possibilities to do so:
The summits of Sommerwand are mostly climbed in the summer months. During the winter months Innere Sommerwand is a nice ski-tour. But it should only be done with save snow conditions, because the area around Franz Senn-hut (2147m/7044ft) is very steep.
|This is one of the webcams of Franz Senn-hut (2147m/7044ft), which changes its direction every five minutes.|
|Neustift im Stubaital is about 10km from Franz Senn-hut.|
|Weather forecast of the austrian club of the alps (OEAV).|
|Unfortunately this page is in german only.|
The best place to stay for a night is Franz Senn-hut (2147m/7044ft). This beautiful hut is located nearly perfect and offers every comfort you can think of (warm showers, plenty of food, ...). You find more informations about the hut at its page here on summit post or on the homepage of Franz Senn-hut (www.franzsennhuette.at).I don' t think that camping is forbidden, but if you do so, do it at some place not visible from the hut and leave nothing but footprints.