Winter Hiking Tour: “Rax / Heukuppe via Schlangenweg”

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Hike up to the highest point of the Rax plateau (the “Heukuppe”) via the “Schlangenweg”. This tour is especially promising on a clear winter day, allowing awesome distance view on the surrounding mountain scenery.

Hike up the Rax (Heukuppe) via the “Schlangenweg”

This tour leads up to the highest point of the Rax Plateau, namely the Heukuppe. The tour is fairly easy and does not require special equipment or techniques, thus also suitable for beginners. Due to the exciting scenery and on clear days the awesome distance view on the surrounding mountain area, it is also enjoyable for experienced persons.
The tour starts at the parking Preiner Gscheid (GPS: 47.676040, 15.723129) and follows up an easy and winding forest road (which can be short-cut by walking up the slope). At the Siebenbrunnenwiese, the winding Schlagenweg trail starts which leads directly to the Karl-Ludwig Haus (partly open during Winter!). It then follows the trail towards the Raxkirchlein (small church) and then follows up the ridge to the Heukuppe (2007m) which is the highest point of the entire Rax plateau. The descent is done via the same route.

Please note that the Karl Ludwig Haus is not open during the entire winter period (click here for info). It is therefore recommended to bring proper supplies.

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Preiner Gscheid (GPS: 47.676040, 15.723129) and follow the trail upwards (slope).
00:05 Turn left into the forest road and follow this winding road (crosses the slope several time).
00:05 Follow the Schönbrunnerstiege (iron stairs).
00:30 At the U-turn, stay on the forest road (do not (yet) go to Waxriegelhaus!)
00:40 At the Gflotzhütte (building), leave the forest road and follow the slope upwards.
00:50 At the Siebenbrunnenwiese, find the trail (straight ahead on left hand-side) that leads directly into the Schlangenweg.
01:00 Follow the winding Schlangenweg upwards.
01:45 Depending on the conditions (snow/ice, wet) either take the easy tour (turn right) or the direct tour (straight ahead). Both end at the Karl-Ludwig-Haus.
02:00 Break at the Karl-Ludwig-Haus. If open, enjoy a delicate meal (), or enjoy a self-brought refreshment () otherwise.
02:15* Follow the trail towards the Raxkirchlein (the small church in the south).
02:16 Follow the trail following the ridge upwards to the peak – allowing impressive distance views.
02:55 Break at the peak: Enjoy the amazing mountain scenery at the Heukuppe (best enjoyed with a self-brought ).
03:55 Follow the same route downhill.
04:00 At the crossing, turn left and descent directly towards Karl-Ludwig Haus.
04:20 Descent via the Schlangenweg.
05:05 At the crossing, turn left and follow the road / trail towards the Waxriegelhaus.
05:10 Well deserved break ( ) at the Waxriegelhaus.
06:45 Follow the route back towards the car parking. You might shortcut the forest road by using the slope.
07:30 Arrival at the parking. This is the end of the tour.

*: The hut was closed so we only had a short break ().
 
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Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 930m (2h 50min)
Descent: 930m (1h 55min)
Highest Pt: 2004m
Lowest Pt: 1074m
Duration: 5h 20min (without breaks)
7h 30min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Karl Ludwig Haus (1804m)
Waxriegelhaus (1361m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and enough water
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
 
If done in Winter:
Chains (“Grödeln”) or crampons
Food (in case hut is closed)
Cold-weather gear (Windstopper)
Headlamp


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Tour Date: 2020-01-02 10:00
  Weather: Sunny, stormy at the top
  Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Robert
  Activity: Suunto

 

 

Winter Hiking Tour: “Grüner See & Sonnschienalm via Russenstraße”

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Promising winter hiking tour passing by the “Grüner See” (green lake) and up to the “Sonnschienalm” via the “Russenstraße”. Also a perfect route for a ski tour!

Promising winter tour passing the beautiful “Grüner See” (green lake) up to the “Sonnschienalm”

The tour starts at the parking in Jassing, passing first the “Grüner See” (green lake) which is worth a short break and walk. First purchase a parking ticket at the main parking “Grüner See” and then follow the forest road till its end at Jassing (this parking has no ticket vending machine). The tour itself follows the Russenstraße that directly leads up to the Sonnschienalm, providing an awesome mountain scenery.

Tip: The current water-level is tracked on this website.
This tour is also perfectly suitable for a ski tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Park at the parking lot Jassing (GPS: 47.557988, 15.031051, ticket required and needs to be purchased at the main parking “Grüner See”!)
00:05 Follow the forest road (Russenstraße) on the right handside upwards.
00:20 Pass by the Wasserstein (distinctive rock).
00:40 Stay on the forest road (Russenstraße) (for ski touring you might consider taking the shortcut by turning left).
00:50 At the crossing, make a u-turn and stay on the Russenstraße which winds upwards using a couple of u-turns (and crossing several times the ski tour shortcuts).
01:55 At the crossing, take the route towards Sonnschienalm on the right handside.
02:10 Enjoy the Sonnschienalm mountain scenery. Follow the track towards the houses and the hut that are now visible.
02:20 Well-deserved break () at the Sonnschienhütte. (Don’t forget to tip the Mountain Rescue Team which has its base at this hut!)
03:20 Follow the same route backwards.
05:00 Back at the parking in Jassing, end of the tour.

 
 
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Area: Hochschwabgruppe, Styria, Austria
Distance: 12,5km
Ascent: 675m (2h 08min)
Descent: 672m (1h 35min)
Highest Pt: 1542m
Lowest Pt: 913m
Duration: 4h 10min (without breaks)
5h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Sonnschienhütte (1526m)
Jassing Almhüttn (890m)
Gasthof Grüner See (778m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
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Last tour: 2019-12-31 10:30
  Weather: Sunny, clear
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto

 

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Hoyosteig”   !  

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Climb up the Rax through the Höllental via the Hoyosteig (via ferrata) and descend via the cable car. This beautiful but long via ferrata (category A/B) is suitable for beginners with good condition but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view.

Climb up the Rax via the “Hoyosteig” and descend using the cable car

This tour leads through the exciting Höllental up to the Rax. Although the tour is long, it is fairly easy (cat. A/B, I-) and thus – in summer – suitable for beginners. Due to the exciting scenery, it is also enjoyable for experienced persons.
The tour starts at the small parking in front of the tunnel at the Höllental (GPS: 47.746355, 15.763405) where a small trail leads towards the Schönbrunnerstiege. Following a long hiking trail through the Höllental and a small hiking trail towards the entrance of Hoyosteig (see signpost) finally takes you to the entrance of the via ferrata: a giant rock followed by an iron ladder. At the exit, turn left and follow the trail downwards towards Höllentalaussicht and then to the mountain station of the cable car.

This tour assumes the availability of two cars whereas the first car is parked at the valley station of the Rax cable car (end of the tour). The other car will be parked at Höllental, the starting point of the tour.
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is advised to be used for this tour!
During this tour, we had to turn around due to the very bad weather conditions (ice and > half a meter of snow, danger of Avalanche), thus the full tour description has not been verified by the author.

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Höllental (before the tunnel). The trail starts opposite of the parking lot.
00:01 Follow the trail parallel to the street (keep right 2x).
00:05 Follow the Schönbrunnerstiege (iron stairs).
00:07 Follow the blue route through the Höllental.
00:40 Turn right at the crossing to Hoyosteig (see signpost, marked red-white-red).
01:05 Turn right towards the entrance of Hoyosteig (difficult to find).
01:10 Break at the entrance of the Hoyosteig. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) here.
01:15 Climb up the rock and the iron ladder (begin of the via ferrata).
01:45 Cross the traverse (Querung).
04:00* Exit of Hoyosteig. A perfect moment for a break (). Then, turn left into the Rudolfsteig.
05:00* Turn left downwards towards the Dirnbacher Hütte (see signposts).
06:00* At the Praterstern crossing, turn left and follow the path to the mountain station.
06:30* Well-deserved break ( ) at the Berggasthof. Descend via the cable car to the parking.

*: Due to bad weather conditions, we decided to abort the tour. The remaining tour data are therefore only estimations.
 
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Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1235m
Descent: 252m
Highest Pt: 1638m
Lowest Pt: 563m
Duration: 5h 30min (without breaks)
7h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Ottohaus (1644m) or
Berggasthof Rax (1545m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and enough water
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
1x “Gipfelbier” ()


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Tour Date: 2019-12-27 09:45
  Weather: Snowfall, foggy & icy
  Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Robert
  Activity: Suunto
    Tour aborted due to snow and weather conditions.

 

 

Walking Tour: “Monte Grisa / Trieste”

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Promising walking tour along the “Gulf of Trieste”, starting from Opicina to Monte Grisa, allowing an awesome view towards the castle of Miramare.

Promising walking tour along the “Gulf of Trieste”

This tour starts at the parking in Opicina (GPS 45.679703, 13.781029), next to the Obelisc Observation Point. It then follows the hiking path around the obelisc westwards till reaching the road Via Robert Baden Powell. Turning left into this road leads directly to the big church and restaurant at Monte Grisa. A few meter continuing westwards then on the small trail leads to the Parkljev hrib, a small sightseeing tower allowing an amazing view towards Miamare and the Gulf of Trieste. On the way back alternative routes through the wood can be taken which run parallel to the initial route.
 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the Obelisc Observation Point Opicina, and follow the path westwards around the obelisc.
00:10 Pass by the Poggioreale / Selivec (398m) which is the highest point of the tour.
00:20 At the crossing, follow the left lower path (marked green).
00:22 At the second crossing keep on the left path (marked green) but then keep right at the next turn.
00:40 When reaching the street Via Robert Baden Powell turn left and follow the street.
00:45 Break at the church Tempio Nationale a Maria Madre e Regina di Monte Grisa. The restaurant there is a perfect place for enjoying a cold refreshment ().
01:15 Continue on the trail westwards behind the church.
01:20 Enjoy the awesome view on the sightseeing tower Parkljev hrib.
01:30 Take the same route back towards the church and continue walking on the road Via Robert Baden Powell eastwards.
01:45 Instead of taking the first trail (red-yellow marked) which was used before, continue on the road and turn right at the next trail (runs in parallel).
02:00 At the crossing, keep straight and pass the small monument.
02:10 Pass by the small cave (Grotta del Monte Gurca) and continue on the trail.
02:12 Either continue on the same path as before, or turn right into the descending path towards Strada Stefania which runs in parallel.
02:45 Back at the parking (end of tour).

 
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General Tour Data

Area: Trieste, Italy
Distance: 7,5 km
Ascent: 140m
Descent: 140m
Highest Pt: 395m
Lowest Pt: 296m
Duration: 2h 15min (without breaks)
2h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Casa del Pellegrino Monte Grisa (328m)
Equipment: Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Optional: Hiking equipment (water, snacks)
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Tour Date: 2019-12-21 13:00
  Weather: cloudy, windy, moistly
  Participants: Stefan

 

Climbing: Hohe Wand via Holzknechtsteig (II)

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Climb up the Hohe Wand via the Holzknechtsteig (II) – side-by-side the famous Gebirgsvereinssteig (C/D) – and descent via Springlessteig (A/I-)

Climb up the Hohe Wand via “Holzknechtsteig” (II) and descent via Springlessteig (A/I-)

The tour starts at the parking Seiser Toni (GPS: 47.806149, 16.008561) and first follows the forest road east towards Wagnersteig / Wandfußsteig / GV-Steig. Following the blue-marked Wandfußsteig nord-east, the entrance is between the Grafenbergturm and the Wenigerturm ciffs (see signpost).
The Holzknechtsteig is marked red and the trail leads through a ravine upwards (which gets narrower and steeper). Then the climbing starts (I, I+) till reaching a narrow and steep wall which must be climbed in two steps (II- and II). The trail then crosses the famous Gebirgsvereinssteig (GV) via ferrata (at the iron bridge). The remaining part of the tour is exposed but fairly easy to climb (I+), but has sometimes a very loose dirty surface. The Holzknechtsteig ends next to the exit of the GV-Steig.
Following the trail east leads to the Hubertushaus.
The descent is done via the Springlessteig (A/I-), down till the Wandfußsteig. Following the Wandfußsteig leads to the entrance of the GV-Steig but also back to the starting point of the tour.

Please note that this tour is an easy climbing route but requires climbing skills (UIAA Level II) – without any fixed ropes or protection and especially in autumn gets very slippery due to greenery and loose surface.

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking at Seiser Toni (GPS: 47.806149, 16.008561) and follow the (forest) street heading towards east (street name Theresia Stollen).
00:06 Turn left into the yellow marked trail towards Gebirgsvereinssteig (Wagnersteig).
00:10 Cross the street following the Wagnersteig and then turn right into the blue marked Wandfußsteig (shorter) or
turn right and follow the forest road and then turn left towards the Gebirgsvereinssteig which also leads to the blue marked Wandfußsteig).
00:18 If second option was taken, turn right into the blue marked Wandfußsteig.
00:23 Turn into the Holzknechtsteig marked with red circles upwards.
00:25 The trail first leads upwards through a steep ravine which constantly gets narrower and rugged (climbing I+)
00:35 Reaching the crux which is a 10 meters vertical wall in two steps (first step: 4 meters, difficulty II-; second step: 2 meters, difficulty II) with a steep path between those.

Please note: The 2nd step is only two meters but polished and provides fewer holds and steps!
00:45 Reaching the saddle of the Weningerturms where the Gebirgsvereinssteig via ferrata crosses with its infamous bridge. Perfect place for a short break (e.g. self-brought ).
01:00 Follow the marked route on the left side of the via ferrata, still steep (I+) and loose.
01:11 [Detour]: Turn right towards the Gebirgsvereinssteig via ferrata where the trail-book is placed.
01:15 Head back on the same trail and continue the ascent via the Holzknechtsteig (I-), till reaching the plateau.
01:20 Turn right and enjoy the view at the exit of the Gebirgsvereinssteig.
01:25 Follow the trail heading east to the Hubertushaus hut.
01:30 Well deserved break at the Hubertushaus ().
02:00 Descent via the Springlessteig starting directly at the Hubertushaus downwards the cliff (left-handside, follow the sign-posts).
02:30 Turn left into the Wandfußsteig (marked blue).
02:45 Inspect the entrance of the Gebirgsvereinssteig via ferrata and follow down the the trail that leads towards the forest road.
02:50 Follow the yellow marked trail that leads back to the car parking.
03:00 End of the tour.

 
 
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Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 328m (1h 20min)
Descent: 328m (1h 00min)
Highest Pt: 980m
Lowest Pt: 707m
Duration: 2h 15min (without breaks)
3h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Hubertushaus (933m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Plenty of water
1x Gipfelbier ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera

If with children:
climbing gear (rope, 3x quickdraws)

 

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Tour Date: 2019-10-20 15:30
  Weather: Sunny, warm
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto
 

Alpine Tour: “Zugspitze via Stopselzieher”

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Climb up to the highest summit of Germany: The Zugspitze. This promising alpine tour is fairly easy from a technique point (clibming: I+ / II-, Via ferrata: B) and starts from the beautiful Eibsee in Germany. It then passes the border to Austria and then follows the Via Ferrata “Stopselzieher” (Cat. B) up to the summit.

Climb up the highest point of Germany: “The Zugspitze”

The tour starts at the parking of the German Zugspitzbahn valley station (GPS: 47.456118, 10.992465) and follows first the forest road on the right hand-side of the cable car (looking upwards). It then follows the ski slope upwards (Riffelabfahrt) till reaching the border between Germany and Austria.
The tour then follows a small trail through the forest and becomes steeper and steeper. Just before crossing the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, some climbing (I+) passages must be mastered. However, the route offers an overwhelming view on the surrounding mountains. After turning left, follow the Georg Jäger Steig (some easy climbing passages) that leads up to the Wiener Neustädter Hut. After a refreshing break, a scree must be crossed that leads towards the start of the Stopselzieher via ferrata.
Climb up via the Stopselzieher (Cat. B, not always protected) till reaching the old mountain station.
After a short break (enjoy the view!) continue towards the top plateau (new mountain stations for both cable cars). Walk around the platform.
For the final ascent to the peak, walk through the building and then through a gate, indicating the exposed and alpine character of the short but narrow via ferrata. Follow the via ferrata up to the submit (2962m) and its unique golden summit cross.

Tip: Although technically not difficult, the tour is very long and therefore pretty demanding! Especially in winter conditions (snow), the tour can be tricky since protection harness will be below the snow.
Please note that a full via ferrata set is recommended for this tour. In early spring or late autumn, alpine tour equipment (crampon, waist-belt, rope, shoes cat. C or D, ice axe, helmet) is strongly recommended for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Deutsche Zugspitzbahn (GPS: 47.456118, 10.992465) and follow the forest road upwards (keep right) towards the Zugspitze.
00:02 Follow the ski slope Riffelabfahrt.
01:15 Keep straight and follow the trail towards the Austrian / German border.
01:20 Do the small step of crossing the border between Germany and Austria. Enjoy the awesome flair of Austria 😉 (best done by consuming a self-brought, Austrian !). Follow the trail through the forest towards Wiener Neustädter Hütte.
01:30 Careful! Although a red arrow indicates to stay on the trail, turn left and follow the green-marked trail upwards.
01:55 Leave the forest behind and enjoy the beautiful landscape (surrounding mountains). Continue on the trail towards the cable car (must be crossed).
02:15 The first steep climbing part (I+ / II-). Follow the trail protected via fixed ropes and marked white-red-white by climbing up.
02:45 At the ridge, enjoy the awesome view and turn left, following the trail upwards to Wiener Neustädter Hütte. Keep left also at the next crossing.
03:00 Enjoy the amazing view towards Eibsee! Take time to make pictures () and enjoy the nature! Then follow the Georg Jäger Steig which leads upwards to the Wiener Neustädter Hütte.
03:40 Well deserved break () at the Wiener Neustädter Hütte (hut). Refresh your energy since this will be needed for the via ferrata.
04:15 Put on the via ferrata set and follow the trail through the scree towards the start of the Stopselzieher via ferrata.
04:35 Start of the Stopselzieher via ferrata.
06:40 Enjoy the view at the old mountain station (best enjoyed with a self-brought ).
06:55 Follow the trail upwards to the antenna and then further the mountain plateau (mountain station of both cable cars).
07:30 Walk thorough the building towards the via ferrata (Cat. B) leading to the peak. Please note that the trail is very narrow and pretty crowded (whereas the majority does not have proper equipment).
07:40 Enjoy the view from the highest point in Germany!
07:45* Go back and enjoy a very well deserved at the highest beer-garden in Germany (Münchner Haus), purchase a ticket for the cable car and take the correct cable car (German cable car) down to the valley.

*: In October, the cable car closes early. Thus we decided to have the at the valley station (Eibsee-Alm)!
 

General Tour Data

Area: Wettersteingebirge / Zugspitze, Austria | Germany
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1953m (6h 10min)
Descent: 20m (N/A)
Highest Pt: 2962m
Lowest Pt: 1003m
Duration: 6h 50min (without breaks)
8h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Wiener Neustädter Hütte (2209m)
Münchner Haus (2959m)
Eibsee-Alm (1005m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera

in case of snow additionally:
Alpine tour equipment (Windstopper, Waterproof)
Alpine shoes & Crampons
Ice axe
Helmet
Waist-belt
Gloves
Rain coat
Sunglasses


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Tour Date: 2019-10-12 08:30
  Weather: Sunny (perfect conditions)
  Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Robert
  Activity: Suuntoo

 
 
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Hiking Tour: “Kula / Omiška”

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Hike up to the highest point in Omiška-Dinara, having an awesome view over the Omis coast: The Kula.

Hike up to the highest point in Omiška-Dinara: The “Kula”

This tour starts at the parking in Omiš (GPS: 43.445445, 16.687957). The tour first leads through the beautiful old-town of Omiš, follows the path up towards the fortress Starigrad but then turns right and following the trail towards the highest point of the Omiška-Dinara area. After passing some small villages, it becomes a bit steeper and ends on the Kula peak, giving a unique view over Omis and its coast area.
 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking (GPS: 43.445445, 16.687957) and cross the bridge towards the old-town of Omiš.
00:03 Turn left and then right, walking through the old-town.
00:07 Turn left and follow the stairs upwards towards the Fortress Starigrad.
00:11 Leave the street by turning left and following the trail Omis – Fortica (marked with a red point surrounded by a white circle).
00:24 When hitting the road, turn left and follow the stairs up to the trail towards the fortress.
00:30 At the crossing (left towards the fortress), turn right and follow the trail Borak towards Kula.
01:00 When reaching the street, keep left (upwards).
01:05 Turn left passing by the buildings and follow the trail upwards.
01:45 At the crossing (building in front), turn left towards Kula.
01:50 Climb up the steepest part of the tour but very well protected with fixed ropes. Follow the trail.
02:15 Enjoy the view at the top of Kula with a self-brought but very well-deserved .
02:30 Go back following the same trail as ascending.
03:00 [Detour]: Before descending via the steep path, turn right and follow the non-marked but visible trail towards the stone-fields and the visible peak.
03:15 [Detour]: Enjoy the unique view at the peak over Omis and the entire area. Best enjoyed with a self-brought .
03:20 [Detour]: Go back on the same route till reaching the trail again. When reaching the trail, descent on the same way like the ascent.
04:00 At the crossing, keep straight towards the Fortress Starigrad.
05:05 Enjoy the view at the Fortress Starigrad.
05:10 Follow the steep path downwards (turn left) till reaching the bottom.
05:30 Turn left and follow the street till reaching the parking.
05:50 End of the tour.

 
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Area: Omiška-Dinara, Croatia
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 940m (2h 15min)
Descent: 940m (2h 00min)
Highest Pt: 863m
Lowest Pt: 0m
Duration: 5h 30min (without breaks)
6h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: None!
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food and plenty of water (exposed to sun!)
Sun & Weather protection
Camera

 

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Tour Diary

Tour Date: 2019-09-17 07:45
  Weather: Sunny, hot
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto (Part 1)
Suunto (Part 2)
 

Walking Tour: “Ljubljana Tivoli Park”

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Relaxing walk through the nice “Tivoli park” in Ljubljana, hiking up to the two highest points of the park and passing a couple of huts that invite for relaxing.

Relaxing walk through the nice “Tivoli Park” in Ljubljana

This tour starts at the park entrance near the Ljubljana Opera (GPS 46.053414, 14.498655). Following the path by turning left and passing the Ribnik lake, the first hut invites for a cold drink. After a short refreshment, the tour then continues through the forest of the park uphill, passing by the tree with impressive roots, till reaching the highest point (429m): the transmitter-tower.
Following the trail onward leads to the Roznik church and the restaurant nearby (Gostilna Roznik), a perfect place for the next refreshment.
The tour then continues downwards, along the Zoo towards the east end of the park, where the next hut (Mostec) is located.
The final part then leads back to the east side of the park and ends at the main parking of Tivoli (next to Lepa zoga bar that invites for a recapture of the tour).
 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the Moderna galerija Ljubljana, under-crossing the main street and head towards the park.
00:01 Turn left and follow the trail till reaching the Ribnik lake.
00:05 Enjoy a refreshment () at Colnara next to the lake.
00:30 Follow the trail towards the forest (keep left) and then upwards.
00:40 Not taking the forest road but following the small trails will allow you to see the tree with impressive roots.
00:45 After passing again the forest road, follow the small trail upwards (directly at the crossing) that leads towards the highest point of the tour (429m): the Sisenski hrib transmitter-tower.
01:00 Keep on the trail (tower on the right handside) the trail descents and flows into the forest road that leads towards the Gostilna Roznik restaurant.
01:20 Break and refreshment () at the Gostilna Roznik with view towards the west side of Ljubljana and the church at the top of the Roznik hill.
01:40 Pass by the church and descent on the other side till reaching the signpost directing towards Mostec.
01:45 Follow the small trail towards Mostec (walk next to the Zoo located on the left handside).
02:15 Before reaching the street, turn right and follow the trail towards the Mostec hut.
02:20 Well deserved break at the Mostec hut ().
02:45 Continue on the path towards east but turn left into the small trail upwards at the crossing of the forest road.
02:50 Keep right and follow the trail.
03:00 Pass by the Skakalnica na Galetovem (ski jump area) and follow the trail heading towards east till reaching Bellevue.
03:20 Follow the road downwards towards the main parking and recap impressions at the Lepa zoga bar ().

 
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General Tour Data

Area: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Distance: 7,5 km
Ascent: 191m
Descent: 191m
Highest Pt: 429m
Lowest Pt: 295m
Duration: 2h 15min (without breaks)
3h 20min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Colnarna (298m)
Gostilna Roznik (390m)
Mostec (333m)
Lepa Zoga (302m)
Equipment: Sun & Weather protection
Optional: Hiking equipment (water, snacks)
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Tour Date: 2019-07-17 16:30
  Weather: Sunny, hot
  Participants: Stefan

 

Via Ferrata: “Hohe Wand 6-Steige Tour”

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Long and demanding tour via 6 different via ferratas (Cat. A, A/B, B, and C) up and down the Hohe Wand. The tour starts and ends in Dreistetten, whereas the most difficult via ferrata is done first: the Währingersteig (C). After going downwards, the Hohe Wand is climbed again using the Hanslsteig (A/B). After descending via the Leiterlsteig (A), the Hohe Wand is climbed again via the Völlerin (A/B) and the Frauenluckensteig (B) featuring a unique very long iron ladder within a cave. The final descending is done via the Drobilsteig (A). This tour requires endurance, fitness, to be free from giddiness and climbing experience!

Climb on the Hohe Wand using 6 different via ferratas


This tour combines 6 different via ferratas in various difficulty levels to ascend and descend the Hohe Wand 3 times – starting at the eastern end and heading towards its center westwards. The tour begins in Dreistetten and starts with the most difficult via ferrata of this tour: the Währingersteig (Cat. C) with its crux – an iron ladder in approx. 20 meters height that can only be reached by passing a traverse.
The tour then follows an easy hiking way downwards and along the Hohe Wand. The next ascent is done via the Hanslsteig (Cat. A/B with a short B part) bypassing the famous and impressive Karnitsch Stüberl (rest place), before its curx: a short iron ladder within a chimney.
Following the road at the end of this trail leads towards the next highlight: the Felsenpfad, a trail made of iron grids directly at the cliff. The Felsenpfad is next to the Kohlröserlhaus which is an ideal place for having lunch!
The next descent is done via the Leiterlsteig (Cat. A), an easy via ferrata with some steep (but protected) parts. At its end, a forest road is leading along the Hohe Wand towards the big parking at the bottom of the Hohe Wand (occupated by climbers).
The trail at the end of the parking leads into the Völlerin Steig (A/B) which then crosses with the Frauenluckensteig (Cat. B). This short but exiting trail is not protected via cables but offers iron rungs. Its name is derived from a vertical cave (the Frauenlucke) which is climbed via a long iron ladder. At the end of the ladder, one must turn around and step over the very deep and dark hole: an unique experience.
After having another break at Gasthof Postl, the way back passes the famous Skywalk (a viewing platform using iron grids).
The way back is first an easy hiking trail, partly on the street, which then leads into the final (easy) via ferrata that is used for descending: the Drobilsteig (Cat. A).

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Dreistetten (GPS: 47.855238, 16.099533) following the Angergasse.
00:10 Turn left and follow the right trail towards the access of the Währingersteig.
00:12 Put on the via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) at the begin of the Währingersteig.
00:13 Ascent using the iron rungs (steep!) till you reach the first plateau.
00:20 At the plateau, head towards the cave where you also find the trail book and a stamp (small break before approaching the crux).
00:30 Continue through the cave which exists at the traverse leading towards the ladder. This is the crux of this track.
00:35 Climb up the ladder and follow the remaining trail till you reach the exit of the track on a plateau.
00:50 The exist (plateau) is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery and make a small break (10 mins. for enjoying a self-brought refreshment ()).
01:00 Follow the small trail (Drobilweg) upwards that leads to a big crossing and descend via the Notabfahrt (gravel road).
01:10 At the crossing, descend back to the valley using the Notabfahrt (gravel road).
01:15 At the next crossing, turn right and follow the forest street towards Zischkasteig and follow the road.
01:50 Turn right at the crossing with Hanslsteig. This is not easy to find (see pictures), follow the trail with the red-white-red marking (becomes steep shortly after the crossing).
02:05 Start of the Hanslsteig.
02:10 Break at the Karnitsch Stüberl: A unique rest place with an awesome view – perfectly for a self-brought !
02:30 Continue on Hanselsteig by climbing up the chimney via its iron ladder.
02:50 Turn left and follow the road till reaching the Kohlröserlhaus.
03:55 Well-deserved lunch at the Kohlröserlhaus ().
04:15 Follow the Felsenpfad opposite of the Kohlröserlhaus and enjoy its unique experience.
04:18 Continue on the road (heading west) and follow the Leiterlsteig trail (straight ahead, see signpost) at the first corner. Descend via the Leiterlsteig.
04:50 At the crossing, turn right and follow the forest road (going along next the street) till reaching the big parking.
05:15 Cross the street at the parking and follow the Völlerin Steig trail marked “white-green-white” (see signpost).
05:30 [Optional]: Turn right and follow the small trail that leads to the entrance of ÖTK-Steig (a.k.a. HTL Steig, the most demanding via ferrata in this area).
05:35 Short break at the begin of ÖTK-Steig. Enjoy the atmosphere. Turn back to the Völlerinsteig.
05:44 Turn right at the crossing following the trail upwards.
06:05 Turn left into the small (blue marked) Frauenluckensteig trail. A blue arrow directs the way upwards into the Frauenlucke cave using iron rungs.
06:10 Take the iron ladder inside the cave. To exit, turn around and step over the hole.
06:30 After a small break, follow the trail upwards to the street and the Gasthof Postl.
06:50 Well deserved break (, ) at Gasthof Postl.
07:30 Follow the street and then turn right towards the Skywalk (follow signposts).
07:40 Enjoy the awesome view from the Skywalk.
07:50 Continue on the trail heading east till reaching the road at Almfriedenwiese. Then follow the road/trail till reaching the parking at the crossing with the information table. There turn left into the road and follow the road towards Kohlröserlhaus (pass by) till reaching the Waldlehrpfad.
08:25 Turn right into the Waldlehrpfad and follow the trail till its end at the Herrgottschnitzerhaus.
08:45 Short break () at the Herrgottschnitzerhaus.
09:15 Follow the Drobilsteig downwards.
09:45 At the crossing, follow again the Drobilweg (like on the ascent coming from Währingersteig).
09:50 This time, stay on the Drobilweg and follow the road till reaching the parking.
10:00 Back at the parking (end of the tour).

 

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 864m (2h 45min)
Descent: 863m (2h 25min)
Highest Pt: 892m
Lowest Pt: 522m
Duration: 7h 30min (without breaks)
10h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Kohlröserlhaus (900m)
Alpengasthof Postl (900m)
Herrgottschnitzerhaus (816m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera


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Tour Date: 2019-07-06 09:50
  Weather: Sunny, hot
  Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Robert, Werner
  Activity: Suunto (Ascent)
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Hiking Tour: “Nanos-Plesa”

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Hike up to the most beautiful mountain in the Slovenian karst: The Nanos-Plesa. On clear days, it allows a view from Triglav till the Gulf of Trieste. It is therefore the most promising peak of Nanos.

Hike up to Nanos-Plesa, giving a promising view from Triglav till the Gulf of Trieste

This tour starts at the parking in Razdrto (GPS: 45.759211, 14.061722; use Highway-Exit Razdrto). The tour first crosses the highway bridge, turns left into the gravel road. After a few meters, the trail starts on the right hand side. The trail first leads easygoing through a forest but after the crossing becomes relatively steep. It is advised to turn right at the crossing and follow the steep path upwards since it allows promising views on the landscape. At the peak, bypassing the antennas and after a well-deserved break at the Vojkova koca hut, follow the trail at the edge towards the Sv. Hieronim chapel, turn left before and follow the trail downwards back to the parking.
 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking (GPS: 45.759211, 14.061722) and cross the highway bridge.
00:01 Turn left and follow the gravel road.
00:03 Turn right (red signpost towards Vojkova koca) and follow the trail towards Nanos-Plesa.
00:10 Turn right at the crossing (red signpost Vojkova koca (strma pot)) and follow the steep part upwards.
00:40 The tour now becomes an easy climbing tour (I) very well protected with cables and iron chains (but sometimes exposed). Follow the trail marked with a red circle.
01:15 Arrival at the peak, indicated by the big antennas. Enjoy the view towards Triglav.
01:20 Enjoy a well-deserved break () at Vojkova koca.
02:15 Continue the tour by following the trail around the antennas (left side from the hut).
02:45 Before the little chapel (at the signpost), turn left and climb downwards to the trail.
03:25 Back at the crossing, follow the tour back towards the parking.
03:32 At the gravel road, turn left and follow the road towards the highway bridge.
03:35 Back at the parking. Look back towards the mountain and enjoy the accomplishment.

 
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Area: Nanos Karst, Sezana, Slovenia
Distance: 7,7km
Ascent: 682m (1h 20min)
Descent: 682m (1h 30min)
Highest Pt: 1262m
Lowest Pt: 559m
Duration: 2h 45min (without breaks)
3h 35min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Vojkova koca (1240m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food and plenty of water
Sun & Weather protection
Camera

 

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Tour Date: 2019-05-01 17:30
  Weather: Sunny (a bit misty)
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Garmin
 

Hiking Tour: The caves of “Skocjanske”

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Entering the amazing underworld of Slowenia: The Skocjanske Caves are uniquely formed by the Reka River and the explored distance extends 6km. Its various chambers are over 100m in height and up to 60m in width and belog to the biggest in the world. In 1986, the caves became UNESCO world heritage sites due to their uniqueness and beautiness.

The amazing underworld of Slovenia: The Skocjanske Caves

This tour starts at the information center of the Skocjanske Jame (GPS: 45.663177, 13.989432), joining the guided Tour 1 into the Skocjanske Caves.
At the end of the tour (cave portal), (instead of directly continuing with Tour 2) follow the path on the right and take the lift back to the information center (you might also take the left foot-path).
When reaching the information center, follow the trail 2 into the small village of Matavun and then into the self-guided second part of the tour in the opposite direction (which allows a later exit towards the gorge).
Now, instead of returning to the information center, follow the trail towards the left after the exit gate towards Betanja. This is the starting point to the gorge besides the Reka river, that is followed till reaching Famjle. In the middle, the trail becomes very steep and demanding but is fully protected via wooden stairs and cables. On the way back, the trail uses easy-to-pass mountain pastures towards the unique vista-point of Skocjanske Jame, close to the parking.

At the information centre, purchase a combi-ticket for the guided Tour 1 and the self-guided Tour 2.
Ticket prices and tour data can be found here.

 
Tour Description

00:00 Start at Skocjan Caves Information Centre (GPS: 45.663177, 13.989432) participating in the guided tour 1.
01:40 Instead of directly doing tour 2, follow the trail back to the information center.
02:00 Enjoy a well-deserved short break with a house-brewed at the visitor center.
02:15 Follow the self-guided tour 2. The trail first leads you through the beautiful village Matavun and then – after crossing the street – downwards to the caves.
02:30 Follow the trail through the cave along the river.
03:00 At the exit, follow the path again towards the visitor center but after the first exit gate (electronic door), follow the left trail towards Betanja.
03:30 Well deserved break () at Betanja.
04:30 Follow the trail (gravel-road) heading north downwards.
04:45 At the crossing, turn right and follow the trail (see signpost) downwards. Stay on the trail (straight) till reaching the river Reka.
04:50 Follow the track next to the river and enjoy the scenery.
05:00 At the crossing, go straight ahead till you finally reach the end of the track. This is an ideal place to enjoy a self-brought in nature..
05:15 Head back and at the crossing ascent the steep (short) path upwards.
05:20 At the ruined, first turn left (around the ruined), but immediately turn right and follow the steep trail back to the river.
06:00 At the end of the gorge, turn around and head back to the ruined building.
06:20 At the ruined, turn right and follow the path through the mountain pasture.
06:30 Turn left and follow the small trail through the pasture.
06:40 Turn left again in the small trail that brings you back to Betanja.
06:55 Now walk towards the village Betanja and follow the sign-posts towards the parking (educational trail).
07:00 Instead of directly returning to the parking, follow the sign-post towards the vista-point that gives an unique view over the region. Return afterwards to the parking.

 
 

General Tour Data

Area: Regijski park Škocjanske, Slovenia
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 455m
Descent: 456m
Highest Pt: 441m
Lowest Pt: 333m
Duration: 6h 08min (without breaks)
7h 15min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Turistična kmetija “Pr Betanci”
Equipment: Comfortable hiking shoes
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food and plenty of water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Torch / Headlamp
Sun & Weather protection
Camera


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Tour Date: 2019-05-01 10:00
  Weather: Sunny
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto
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C#: Detect encrypted volumes

Determine if a given path/filename is pointing to an encrypted volume. This C# code analyses a specified file path and determines if it is pointing to a mounted encryption container (e.g. PGP disk, TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt volume).

Determine if a given path/filename is pointing to an encrypted volume

One task that I was recently dealing with, was to ensure that confidential data that is needed “in-the-field” can only be stored in an encrypted container on the laptop. The policy states that disk drive encryption is not enough since when logged in, the encryption is transparent.
Therefore the procedures recommend to use in addition encrypted containers, like PGP disks, TrueCrypt (which is not supported anymore) or VeraCrypt. Those containers are explicitly mounted as disk drives when classified data needs to be accessed and either automatically closed (dismounted) after a defined inactivity period or explicitly closed by the user when work is finished.
The challenge was now to provide a means for software applications to determine if the target directory onto which the data is supposed to be stored is part of an encrypted container or not – whereas storage to any other location should be prohibited by the software application.
Thus, I’ve created a small software library written in C# / .NET that uses forensic techniques to determine whether a specified directory is part of such a container or not.
In this article I’m explaining the idea and the solution to this problem.

Forensic background

Microsoft Windows keeps track of all (currently) mounted devices in the registry hive HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. Each partition/device known to Windows will have here at least one entry in the form of \??\Volume{GUID}. If a drive letter is also assigned, a second entry will show up in the form of \DosDevices\DriveLetter:.

 
The binary information provided in the data column allows to determine if the associated volume is an encrypted container. This is done by analyzing the binary data since this data will contain (or start with) signatures or magic numbers that can be used to determine the nature of the device:

Product Signature ASCII Representation Remarks
PGP Disk 50 00 47 00 50 00 64 00 69 00 73 00 6B 00 56 00 6F 00 6C 00 75 00 6D 00 65 00 P.G.P.d.i.s.k.V.o.l.u.m.e.
(the.represents a null-byte)
The following bytes are used by PGP
TrueCrypt 54 72 75 65 43 72 79 70 74 56 6F 6C 75 6D 65 TrueCryptVolume The following byte specifies the drive letter
VeraCrypt 56 65 72 61 43 72 79 70 74 56 6F 6C 75 6D 65 VeraCryptVolume The following byte specifies the drive letter

 
So by analyzing the first n bytes according to the values in the table above, we can tell already if a certain volume is a mounted encryption container.
 

Determine the Volume ID

The here presented registry values are identified by the volume’s ID (as the registry key), so it is required to derive the volume’s ID from a given path.
Unfortunately, the \DosDevices\DriveLetter: key is not reliable as well since PGP as well as Windows allows mounting volumes anywhere within the file system structure (directories).
The following illustrates this behavior where a virtual disk (Disk 1) is mounted under the directory C:\Temp\Virtual Disk. Anything within this directory is stored on the virtual disk and will only be available as long as the virtual disk is mounted.

In the here shown scenario, no\DosDevicesentry will show up in the registry but a\??\Volume{Guid}will be present!
This actually means that we need to determine the volume’s ID from a given path. To get the job done, several Win32 API functions must be called. Using .NET, this can be easily achieved using Platform Invokes (PInvokes).

#region Windows API P/Invokes
[DllImport("kernel32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
static extern uint GetFullPathName(string lpFileName, uint nBufferLength, [Out] StringBuilder lpBuffer, out StringBuilder lpFilePart);

[DllImport("kernel32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
static extern bool GetVolumePathName(string lpszFileName, [Out] StringBuilder lpszVolumePathName, uint ccBufferLength);

[DllImport("kernel32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
static extern bool GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint(string lpszVolumeMountPoint, [Out] StringBuilder lpszVolumeName,  uint cchBufferLength);
#endregion

The Win32 API functionGetVolumePathNameis used to get a directory’s mount point. This function takes as a parameter

  • the target file or directory name(string lpszFileName)
  • and fills up a buffer with the path pointing to the correct mount point([Out] StringBuilder lpszVolumePathName).

In order to determine the required size of the output buffer, the Win32 API functionGetFullPathNameis used. This function returns the size in bytes of the buffer that would be required to hold the path’s name and the terminating null character.
 
The following functionGetVolumeMountPointForPathcombines these two API calls and returns the correct mount point for any given path:

/// <summary>
/// Uses the Windows API to determine the volume mount point of a specified path.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="path">The path for which the mount point needs to be determined.</param>
/// <returns>The volume mount point or null if the mount point could not be determined.</returns>
private static string GetVolumeMountPointForPath(string path)
{
    StringBuilder tmp = new StringBuilder(); // a temporary buffer that is required as parameter.
    // if the passed buffer size is smaller than the required size, the function returns the required buffer size.
    // see Microsoft Documentation @ https://docs.microsoft.com/de-de/windows/desktop/api/fileapi/nf-fileapi-getfullpathnamea
    uint requiredBufferSize = GetFullPathName(path, (uint)1, new StringBuilder(), out tmp);
    if (requiredBufferSize >= 1)
    {
        requiredBufferSize++; // make sure there is at least 1 byte more!
        // Buffer of correct size that contains the volume of the path.
        StringBuilder b = new StringBuilder((int)requiredBufferSize);
        if (GetVolumePathName(path, b, requiredBufferSize))
        {
            // return the volume mount point
            return b.ToString();
        }
    }
    return null; // return null if an error occurred
}

As the debugger shows, the method returns the mount point for a file within an in-directory mounted volume.

 
This information is now used to retrieve the volume’s GUID path for the volume that is associated with the specified volume mount point. And this in turn is then used to query the correct key in the registry as shown in the beginning.
 
To retrieve the volume’s GUID path, the Win32 API functionGetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPointis used.

StringBuilder volName = new StringBuilder(50); // Buffer for the volume name (can be max. 50 chars)

if (GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint(mntPoint, volName, (uint)volName.Capacity))
{
    string volumeID = volName.ToString(); // the volume's GUID path
    // Code continues here...

 
But there is a small problem with what the Win32 API returns. If you run the code and debug into thevolumeIDvariable, you will see that it has a value similar to\\?\Volume{GUID}\whereas the registry key has a value similar to\??\Volume{GUID}.
This actually means that we need to fix that formatting problem of Windows Management Instrumentation in our code:

    // Code continues here...
    // Fix a Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation Formatting Problem
    if (volumeID.ToString().StartsWith(@"\\?\Volume{"))
    {
        volumeID = volumeID.Replace(@"\\?\Volume{", @"\??\Volume{");
    }

    if (volumeID.EndsWith("\\"))
        volumeID = volumeID.Substring(0, volumeID.Length - 1);

 

Query the registry for forensic data

Now it is time to query the registry using the retrieved volume’s ID in the correct format, read the associated data and compare it to known signatures / magic numbers to determine possible crypto-containers.

// open the registry hive HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. 
// Make sure you open it read-only, otherwise the code must be run with admin privileges.
var registry = Registry.LocalMachine.OpenSubKey("SYSTEM\\MountedDevices", false); 
var val = registry.GetValue(volumeID); // read the value for the given volume's GUID path

var col = System.Console.ForegroundColor;
if (val is byte[])                     // should be a byte array...
{
    string hex = ByteArrayToString(val as byte[]); // convert the byte array to a string

    if (hex.ToUpper().StartsWith("5000470050006400690073006B0056006F006C0075006D006500"))
    {
        // yeah, a PGP drive was used :-).
        System.Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Green;
        System.Console.WriteLine("  {0} is on a PGP encrypted volume.", path);
    }
    else if (hex.ToUpper().StartsWith("566572614372797074566F6C756D65"))
    {
        // yeah, a VeraCrypt drive was used :-).
        System.Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Green;
        System.Console.WriteLine("  {0} is on a VeraCrypt encrypted volume.", path);
    }
    else if (hex.ToUpper().StartsWith("547275654372797074566F6C756D65"))
    {
        // yeah, a TrueCrypt drive was used :-).
        System.Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Yellow;
        System.Console.WriteLine("  {0} is on a TrueCrypt encrypted volume.", path);
    }
    else
    {
        System.Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Red;
        System.Console.WriteLine("  {0} is not on an encrypted volume.", path);
    }
}
else
{
    System.Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Red;
    // propably a virtual disk mounted within the file system
    System.Console.WriteLine("  No device information could be retrieved for {0}.{1}  This normally indicates a mounted, non-encrypted virtual hard disk file.", path, System.Environment.NewLine);
}

 

The result

The information obtained can now be used in many ways. I’ve extended my library so that it either works with a list of user-specified paths (as shown in this article) or determine all currently existing mount points using a WMI call and returns a list of paths that point to encrypted storage areas.

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Alpenvereinssteig & descending via Camillo-Kronich-Steig”

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Climb up the Rax through the Höllental via the Alpenvereinssteig (via ferrata) and descend via the promising Camillo-Kronich-Steig. This beautiful but long via ferrata (category B) is suitable for beginners with good condition but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view.

Climb up the Rax via the “AV-Steig” and descend via the “Camillo-Kronich-Steig”

This tour leads through the exciting Höllental up to the Rax. Although the tour is long, it is fairly easy (cat. B, I-) and thus suitable for beginners. Due to the exciting scenery, it is also enjoyable for experienced persons. And the best part is that the via ferrata exits at the popular Höllentalaussicht where even beginners are celebrated as heros by other hikers that reached this point via other means (e.g. cable car).
The tour starts at the small parking in front of the tunnel at the Höllental (GPS: 47.746355, 15.763405) where a small trail leads towards the Schönbrunnerstiege. Following a long hiking trail through the Höllental finally takes you to a long iron ladder that is the beginning of the “Alpenverreinssteig” (via ferrata). The descent is done via the promising Camillo-Kronich-Steig which ends in Kaiserbrunn.

The car can be parked at the destination (Kaiserbrunn). The bus line 1746 can be used to get from Kaiserbrunn to Weichtalhaus (1 stop). A 5 min walk along the street leads towards the entrance of the trail.
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is required for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the bus stop Höllental / Weichtalhaus and follow the street (north/west).
00:05 Turn left into the trail towards Höllental (see signposts, follow the white-yellow-white marked trail parallel to the street (keep 2x right)).
00:15 Mount the Schönbrunnerstiege (iron stairs) and follow the yellow-white-yellow marked trail through the Höllental.
00:50 Follow the white-blue-white route through the Höllental towards Alpenvereinssteig (follow sign-posts).
01:00 The iron ladder marks the starting point of the AV-Steig. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) here.
00:45 Keep right at the crossing to Teufelsbadstubensteig.
00:50 Follow the trail by keeping right at the crossing to Gaislochsteig. The trail now leads through a scree slope towards the AV-Steig.
01:00 The iron ladder marks the starting point of the AV-Steig. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) here.
01:45 Cross the traverse (Querung).
02:20 Climb up the channel (Rinne).
02:25 Turn left and climb up the iron ladder at the crossing to the exit of the Gustav-Jahn-Steig.
02:50 Exit the AV-Steig at the Höllentalaussicht and enjoy the awesome view from there. This is also a very good place to enjoy the self-brought refreshments ().
03:35 Follow the trail and mountain road towards Ottohaus.
03:42 Turn left into the small trail (through the meadow and then through the mountain pines) leading towards the mountain street to the mountain station of the Rax cable car.
04:00 Well-deserved lunch break at the Berggasthof ().