Climbed the Zuckerhütl from the Hildesheimer Hütte.
With Mark and Natasha. Fun ridge, easy glacier, fun summit scramble, great views. Didn't think we were going to make it back to the top of the glacier for the last lift down so we jogged/hiked down to the Mittelstation to catch it there. Super fun day.
First day with decent weather after a period with drizzle, thunderstorms, rain and showers.
From Hildesheimer Hut a short glacier walk to the west ridge of the Pfaffenschneid. Then we traversed the Pfaffenschneid (3498m), Zuckerhütl and Wilder Pfaff from west to east heading towards the Müller Hut. Was a very nice day trip with the Wilder Freiger in the early evening as a beautiful bonus. Pfaffenschneid has the most difficult sections, Zuckerhütl is the highest mountain of the Stubai Alps, Wilder Pfaff provides the best view on the glaciers and the Zuckerhütl itself and the Müller Hut is one of the nicest huts I have ever been. Did this tour within a course of the Dutch Alpine Club NKBV.
Did this in combination with the Wilder Pfaff from the Hildesheimer Hut. Great day with recent snowfall.
We did the climb with a big group.
We left the Hildesheimerhütte early in the morning. It was drizzling lightly. Not much later it stopped for a short while, but by the time we got on the glacier, it started again.
Higher up, the weather got worse, and although the rain wasn't coming down strong, it turned into a thunderstorm. About 250m below the summit we turned back.
Shortly after we were in the hut, the rain stopped, and not much later the sun came out. If only we had started at 10, all would have been well - except that we would have been back in the valley very, very late!
i.e. from the mountain terminal of the Schaufeljochbahn via Gaisskarferner (going down the piste), Pfaffenferner, Pfaffenjoch, and Sulzenauferner
Great tour with my son Michael (16)!
We needed crampons for the final ascent to the top (also see my two entries below).
Very nice summit. Upper part was a litte exposed. Rock climbing I-II+.There were some people on the top. Nice humid weather with some clouds. We continued to Wilder Pfaff and went to Sölden. It was a hard day.
From Sulzenau Hut - glacier Sulzenauferner - saddle Pfaffensattel - Zuckerhutl. It was nice weather and we had a nice views. 20 cm wet snow on the glacier.
standard ski ascent; Eisjoch - Pfaffenjoch - Pfaffensattel - Zuckerhütl
have FUN & good LUCK,
i.e. from Eisjoch (the Schaufeljochbahn was closed due to strong winds) via Gaisskarferner (going down the piste), Pfaffenferner, Pfaffenjoch, and Sulzenauferner
Great tour with SP member Sebastian Hamm!
The final ascent to the top was difficult; there was not so much snow; the snow was hard; the part in the middle was actually steeper and more difficult than it was when I climbed it on April 01, 2006 (see entry below); this time we did need crampons.
I did this trip with SP-Member Walter Denzel on a very stormy.
Route: Gaiskarferner - Pfaffenferner - Pfaffenjoch - Pfaffensattel - retour
Not a very pleasant route now, or at least not to be done in July! The morraine is dangerous because of stone fall. But the final section to the summit is nice scrambling.
i.e. from the mountain terminal of the Schaufeljochbahn via Gaisskarferner (going down the piste), Pfaffenferner, Pfaffenjoch, and Sulzenauferner; 2 hours 10 minutes from the beginning of the actual ascent
Great tour with Hannes, Herbert and Markus!
The final ascent to the top was not difficult: there was a lot of soft snow; we didn't need crampons.
From the Sulzenau hut via Sulzenauferner to the summit of the Zuckerhutl.
As it is usual in spring we took the cablecars to the Eisgrat and had a downhill on the ski run to the beginning of the ascent which brought us over the Pfaffenferner glacier to the Pfaffenjoch and then passing the summit on the north side to the Pfaffensattel. The final ascent was steep but nice to do with crampons. After climbing Wilder Pfaff in addition we skied down the Sulzenauferner (many crevasses!) to the Sulzenau hut where we stayed the night before climbing Wilder Freiger the next day.
I haven't seen a cloud in these days, only blue sky. Watching the first flowers after coming down from the heights is always amazing.
From the Pfaffensattel to the summit, skipping the last section with the ropes because it was very crowded, did a scramble up the north side of the peak instead. When I was there, the summitcross was still on the summit, although it was lying on it's side (made a nice bench to sit on :). I understand that later this year it was entirely gone.. Maybe a storm or some joker tossed it into the deep?
On the way down, again trying to skip the crowded passage from snow into the last rock part... this turned out to be quite an operation :-)
Did the Wilder Pfaff (love those Austrain names!) on the way back, it's a quick walk up.
Great summit, but nearly no visibility due to weather.