|Elevation:||8415 ft / 2565 m|
The arete between Tratenspitze and Hohe Fürleg has a rock ourcrop which is calles Walderkampspitze. A sparsely marked route, mainly running on top of the connecting ridges and requiring rock scramble up to grade II in short parts, links together Walderkampspitze and Hohe Fürleg to the west and Tratenspitze and Manndl und Weibele Scharte, a broad and impressive col between Inntal valley and Vomper Loch to the east.
Walderkampspitze is part of the Gleirsch-Halltal Range of Karwendel area.
Hohe Fürleg is the main summit of this part of the range, Walderkampspitze being only a secondary summit. As being part of the traverse route from Hundskopf to Hohe Fürleg, Walderkampspitze, however, has some mounaineering interest.
Trailheads for Walderkampspitze are:
You reach the trailhead at Hinterhornalm
From Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich use the highway A 12 (toll road) to the exit "Wattens". Follow the indications to Fritzens and to Gnadenwald. After Gnadenwald take the toll road to the right up to Hinterhornalm. Toll is payed at a machine, have enough coins with you!
The next railway station is "Fritzens / Wattens". There is, however, as far as I know no bus connection to Gnadenwald and to Hinterhornalm.
You reach the trailhead at Absam
From Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich use the highway A 12 (toll road) to the exit "Hall in Tirol". Follow the indications to Absam. Above the village go straight on where the main road turns right in direction to Gnadenwald. The parking area (fee required) is about 500 m further up the road.
The next railway station is "Hall in Tirol". Busses or taxi bring you up to the trailhead.
Take the trail from Hinterhornalm to the northeast (signposts to Hundskopf) and ascend to the main ridge. Turn left there and continue on that trail until you reach a trail junction:
From Manndl und Weibele col follow the narrow and scarcely marked trail to the west, first on the south side of the ridge, passing through a shallow rock chute and reaching the ridge in some zigzags. Follow the ridge, which is called Die Traten up to the summit rocks. Tratenspitze is climbed on its right side over some steep rocks (grade I moves).
From Tratenspitze follow the ridge crest on easy rocks shortly to Walderkampspitze, one short and exposed grade I move in front of Walderkampspitze is required.
From the Halltal parking area follow the (actually still closed) Halltal road for about 1,2 km to the boulder and climbing area of Halltal. Take the trail up to "Alpensöhne Hütte" and to the summit of Hüttenkopf. Descend into Wechselscharte. Ascend on a sort of via ferrata the so called "Nagelwand" to the summit of Kleine Wechselspitze. Traverse into Fallbachkar, ascend steeply this cirque to the beginning of the marked rock part of the route to Hohe Fürleg. There is a series of chutes leading up to the north ridge of Hohe Fürleg. Follow the ridge shortly up to the summit. From Hohe Fürleg descend on the south side of the ridge, follow the route in frail rocks in some ups and downs (short parts being grade II) back to the ridge and follow it to Walderkampspitze.
The traverse route is described on the Hohe Fürleg page.
Walderkampspitze and the ascent routes are part of Alpenpark Karwendel, an important and strictly protected National Park.
There is no entrance fee for the park but many regulations to follow.
Please respect the following National Park Rules:
Alpensöhne Hütte (no overnight stay)
Hinterhornalm (no overnight stay)
Walderkampspitze is a summer and autumn mountain, best accessible when there is no or little snow.
Walderkampspitze is easily accessible from Hinterhornalm via Tratenspitze, the only difficult part being the summit rocks of Tratenspitze and a short and exposed part of the ridge between the two summits, which require some short grade I moves. If you do the traverse from or to Hohe Fürleg, you need climbing abilities up to short parts of UIAA grade II in sometimes frail and bad rock and a good stamina.
Helmet is recommended.
Bring your via ferrata gear when traversing Hundskopf.
Best maps are:
Alpenvereinskarte, scale 1 : 25000,
both with trails and UTM grid