Via Ferrata: “Rax via Hoyosteig & descending via Rudolfsteig”

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Climb up the Rax through the Höllental via the Hoyosteig via ferrata (Cat. A/B) and descend via the Rudolfsteig (demanding hiking trail). The tour allows fascinating views towards the Höllental and is suitable for ferrata beginners but requires a sure foot and some hiking experience for the descent.

Promising tour up the Rax via the Hoyosteig and descent via Rudolfsteig

This promising tour leads up to the Rax through the Höllental using the Hoyosteig (via ferrata Cat. A/B – suitable for beginners) and allows stunning views towards other via ferratas or climbing routes in the Höllental. The via ferrata is less popular than other routes in the Höllental, therefore not crowded but still worth to hike.
The tour starts at the parking at the start of the Rudolfsteig (GPS: 47.748848, 15.757699), walks back a bit to the forest street entry (green fence with an opening on the left side) and follows the forest street through the Höllental. A signpost then shows the start of the small trail through the forest towards the entrance of Hoyosteig: a giant rock followd by an iron ladder. The tour then ends at the plateau with a signpost showing the route towards Rudolfsteig for the descent.

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is advised to be used for this tour!

 

Warning! Snow at the plateau makes it hard to find the route since most markings are made on stones which are then covered by the snow. Also the trail can become steep. It is therefore recommended to have snow equipment and GPS available when doing the tour early in spring.

 
Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking (GPS: 47.748848, 15.757699) and follow the street eastwards for a few meters.
00:01 Turn left and bypass the green gate through the small opening on the left side. Follow the forest street upwards.
00:35 A signpost marks the start of a small trail towards Hoyosteig. Turn right and follow the trail.
00:50 Careful: Turn right upwards at the crossing (not visible, hard to find), marked blue on a rock on the ground.
01:00 Put on the via ferrata set at the big rock which marks the entry of the Hoyosteig. Follow the via ferrata upwards.
01:01 The trail is marked red-white-red. The trail is very winded and sometimes a lot of broken trees are on the trail which makes it very easy to get lost. Normally you should see from each marking the next marking!
02:30 Reaching the plateau (timber line). Follow the trail marked red-white-red, sometimes with sticks.
02:45 At the crossing, keep right towards the next crossing (at the begin of a forest).
02:50 At the crossing (good place for a break and enjoy self-brought snack and drink () follow the signpost towards Rudolfsteig.
03:15 Again, reaching the timber line, the trail now becomes steep downwards.
04:20 At the rock window (marked with big red letters saying STOP), enjoy the view through the window and follow path (u-turn) downwards.
04:45 Cross the forest road by turn right and then turn left again.
04:50 Turn right into the forest road and follow the road downwards to the parking.
05:00 Arrive at the parking, end of the tour.

  
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General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 8km
Ascent: 888m (2h 30min)
Descent: 888m (1h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1449m
Lowest Pt: 561m
Duration: 4h 45min (without breaks)
5h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: NONE!
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks, food and water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Via ferrata set incl. helmet
If done on snow: spikes, ice axe

 

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Tour Date: 2020-04-11 11:30
  Weather: Sunny (clear)
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto

 

 

Via Ferrata: “Hohe Wand Kleine & Große Klause (Naturfreunde & Waldegger Steig)”

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Easy via ferrata (Cat. A/B) up the rear side of the Hohe Wand through the “Kleine Klause” (Naturfreunde Steig) to the Waldeggerhaus (hut) and then down via the “Große Klause” (Waldegger Steig), allowing promising views towards Schneeberg and Ötscher.

Promising tour at the rear side of the Hohe Wand, climbing up and down using easy via ferratas

This promising tour uses two very easy via ferratas (Cat. A/B, A – suitable for beginners) but allows stunning views towards Schneeberg and on good weather conditions even till Ötscher. The tour begins in Dürnbach, at the opposite side of the former Nazwirt. It follows up a nice trail through the forest (following the red/yellow markings and signposts towards Kleine Klause) and finally leads into the Kleine Klause (or Naturfreunde) via ferrata. The ferrata itself uses many iron rungs and some ladders (most of the time no cable) but is easy to climb.
The Kleine Klause ends at a crossing close to the street (turn left) and then leads towards the Waldeggerhaus. From there, the trail allows an awesome view towards Schneeberg and on clear days even to Ötscher and beyond. After a break at the Waldeggerhaus the trail continues and descends towards the crossing to Große Klause (or Waldegger Steig – blue markings). This very easy via ferrata uses many iron ladders and passes by several caves. One of them can be even easily visited since its entrance is directly next to one of the longer iron ladders.
The trail then ends again in Dürnbach but can be extended visiting the big waterfall located in Dürnbach.

Please note that a “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is optional (not needed) for sure-footed people.

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the former Nazwirt (GPS: 47.853740, 16.031666) in Dürnbach.
00:01 Follow the stairs opposite the former Nazwirt and the trail marked red/yellow towards Kleine Klause (see signposts!).
00:02 Turn right, following the trail marked with a red arrow towards Kleine Klause (see signpost).
00:15 At the big crossing, keep left upwards and follow the trail marked with a yellow and red arrow.
00:30 At the forest road’s turn, follow the small trail straight ahead towards the big rock. Keep right and follow the trail towards the start of the Kleine Klause via ferrata.
00:31 Climb up using the iron rungs at the entrance of the Kleine Klause / Naturfreundesteig.
01:00 At the trail crossing before the street, turn left and follow the small trail next to the street towards Waldeggerhaus (optionally you can also walk on the street).
01:10 Well deserved break () at Waldeggerhaus. Enjoy the view from there towards Schneeberg and on clear days even to Ötscher and beyond.
01:45 Pass by the Waldeggerhaus (through its yard) and follow the trail downwards.
01:55 Follow the trail downwards (marked blue), crossing the forest road.
02:05 At the crossing, turn left and follow the blue marking towards Große Klause (see signposts).
02:10 Upper end of the Große Klause via ferrata. Use the first ladder downwards and follow the blue marked trail.
02:15 After climbing down the long iron ladder, inspect the cave located next to the ladder (left side when looking upwards).
02:20 Continue the trail downwards till reaching the street.
02:30 First, follow the street downwards (keep left) and then at the crossing with the other street, turn right.
02:35 At the first possibility, turn left and walk down the street towards the houses.
02:36 At the end of the street, turn right into the small street, cross the bridge and then follow the small trail towards the Waterfall.
02:40 Enjoy the big waterfall and then follow the trail upwards which ends again at the street towards the starting point (former Nazwirt).
02:45 End of the tour.

 

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 7,5km
Ascent: 583m (1h 20min)
Descent: 565m (1h 00min)
Highest Pt: 1004m
Lowest Pt: 490m
Duration: 2h 25min (without breaks)
02h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Waldeggerhaus (1002m)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Optional: Via ferrata set incl. helmet

 

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Tour Date: 2020-04-09 10:30
  Weather: Sunny (clear)
  Participants: Stefan
  Activity: Suunto

 
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Tip: The tour can be done in both directions. I personally recommend to climb the Kleine Klause up since it slightly more difficult than the Große Klause.
 

Via Ferrata: “Hohe Wand Währinger-, Ganghofer- & Hanslsteig”

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Nice and exciting tour climbing up and down the Hohe Wand using different via ferratas (Cat. A, B, C, and C/D). The tour starts and ends in Dreistetten, starting with the most exciting via ferrata: the Währingersteig (C). After going downwards, the Hohe Wand is climbed again via the Zischkasteig (A, I-) and then turning into the Ganghofersteig (C/D, I+). It then descents via the Brünnlries and climbed up again via the beautiful Hanslsteig (A/B). After an optional detour to the Völlerin and looking at the Blutspur (E), the tour is going along the ridge of Hohe Wand and then finally descents via the Drobilsteig (A) back to Dreistetten.

Climb on the Hohe Wand using various via ferratas

This tour combines various hiking trails and via ferratas in various difficulty levels (A – C/D) to ascend and descend the Hohe Wand – starting at the eastern end and heading towards its center westwards. The tour begins in Dreistetten and starts with the most exciting via ferrata: 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 Zischkasteig (Cat. A / I-) which then turns into the Ganghofersteig (C/D, I+) with its crux, a slightly overhanging cliff that is only using iron rungs and no protection cable.
After a short break at the Herrgottschnitzerhaus at the exit of Ganghofersteig, the tour follows westwards and descends via the Brünnlries and then heads towards the entrance of Hanslsteig. This via ferrata (Cat. A/B with a short B part) bypasses the famous and impressive Karnitsch Stüberl (rest place), before its curx: a short, slightly overhanging 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 tour can then be ended by going back the street and then descent via the Drobilsteig (Cat. A), or can be optionally extended continuing going westwards following the road and then some hiking trails towards the exit of Völlerin Steig (Cat. A/B). Going the first part down of this via ferrata leads to the entrance of the hardest via ferrata of Hohe Wand, the infamous Blutspur (Cat. E).
After having another break at Gasthof Postl, the way back passes the famous Skywalk (a viewing platform using iron grids) and continues on an easy hiking tail, 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.
00:45 The exit (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.
01:25 Turn right into the Zischkasteig. Note that the trail now has a new entrance (deviates from maps), only a couple of meters further ahead from the old entrance.
01:40 Turn left into the trail towards the entrance of Ganghofersteig (marked blue). The marking is found on a stone but can be easily overseen.
01:42 Entrance into the the lower part (protected via cable) of Ganghofersteig (lower part is C).
01:42 Entrance into the the lower part (protected via cable) of Ganghofersteig (lower part is C).
01:45 Approaching the wall with iron rungs and no protection cable which is the crux of Ganghofersteig (C/D).
02:00 Break and enjoy a well-deserved refreshment () at Herrgottschnitzerhaus.
02:30 Follow the road behind Herrgottschnitzerhaus westwards and then turn into the hiking trail next to the road (Waldlehrpfad).
02:45 At the crossing, turn left downwards the Brünnlries trail.
03:05 At the crossing, keep right 2x and follow the trail towards Hanslsteig.
03:10 At the crossing, turn right and follow upwards the red-white-red marked trail towards the entrance of Hanslsteig.
03:30 Start of the Hanslsteig.
03:40 Break at the Karnitsch Stüberl: A unique rest place with an awesome view – perfectly for a self-brought !
04:00 Continue on Hanselsteig by climbing up the chimney via its iron ladder.
04:20 Turn left and follow the road till reaching the Kohlröserlhaus.
04:25 Well-deserved lunch at the Kohlröserlhaus ().
05:30* [Optional: Continue to Völlerinsteig]: Follow the road (heading west) till reaching the big crossing (3 streets and parking).
[You can also turn back (follow the instructions starting with 08:00).]
05:55 At the crossing, turn right and follow the road Kleine Kanzelstrasse.
05:58 Turn left into the trail and follow the trail towards Almfrieden. Continue on the trail till reaching the Poststrasse and continue walking on the street.
06:17 Turn left into the trail towards Skywalk and continue on the trail towards the exit of Völlerin.
06:21 Walk down the Völlerinsteig and turn left into the ÖTK Klettergarten. Follow the trail till reaching the entrance of the Blutspur (Cat. E).
06:30 Either mount the Blutspur (Cat. E, extremely difficult) or walk back via Völlerinsteig towards Gasthof Postl.
07:05 Short break at Gasthof Postl ().
07:20 Hike back on the same way towards Kohlröserlhaus.
08:00 Pass by Kohlröserlhaus and continue on the road.
08:10 Turn right and follow the Waldlehrpfad till reaching the Herrgottschnitzerhaus again.
08:25 Pass by Herrgottschnitzerhaus and turn into the Drobilsteig trail downwards.
08:55 At the crossing, follow the forest road downwards (Notabfahrt) (same direction as after Währingersteig).
09:00 At the crossing (towards Zischkasteig), stay at the forest road (keep left) and follow the forest road which leads back to the parking.
09:15 Back at the parking (end of the tour).

 

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 855m (3h 00min)
Descent: 858m (2h 25min)
Highest Pt: 889m
Lowest Pt: 522m
Duration: 7h 35min (without breaks)
09h 15min (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: 2020-03-07 09:45
  Weather: Mixed (sun-snowfall)
  Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader, Robert
  Activity: Suunto

 
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Winter Hiking Tour: “Hochwechsel-Runde”

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Winter hiking tour up mountain pastures to get a fantastic panorama view at the “Hochwechsel” (1732m). The tour allows a fantastic view towards the Rax / Schneeberg area till Hungary and Slovenia.

Hike up mountain pastures to get a fantastic panorama view at the “Hochwechsel”.

The tour starts at the chair lift “Mönichkirchen” (GPS: 47.512041, 16.030434). For the sake of saving time, consider buying a combi-ticket using the chair lift up and down.
The trail first crosses the ski slope and then runs through woods and mountain pastures till reaching the highest point (Hochwechsel). The unique panorama view allows to see Semmering, Rax or Schneeberg but also till Slovenia and Hungary – especially on clear winter days.

Tip: The current weather conditions and offers of Mönichkirchen can be seen on this website.
Please note that the tour is very much exposed to sun, don’t forget proper sun protection (hat, sun screen)!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Parking at the parking lot Schischaukel Mönichkirchen (free parking).
00:05 Take the chair lift Sonnenbahn to the first stage and starting point of the tour.
00:15 Pass by the huts and immediately cross the ski slope to follow the Studentenkreuzweg on the left handside which leads upwards to Hallerhaus.
00:45 Turn right and stay on the forest road towards Hallerhaus.
01:00 Pass by the Hallerhaus and follow the small trail on the left into the woods which is the lower part of the Steinerne Stiege.
01:15 Well-deserved break at the Stoa Alm (nice hut). Enjoy the view and some food and drinks ( ).
02:00 Steinerne Stiege: follow the partly steep trail on rocks through the woods. Continue the trail till reaching the first mountain pasture.
03:00 Pass by the memorial to the victims of the 2nd world war which is at the Niederwechsel (1669m).
04:00 Hochwechsel: Enjoy the fantastic panorama view and have a well-deserved break at the Wetterkoglerhaus ().
Please note that the hut is closed in winter!
05:10 Follow the trail back till the first crossing.
05:30 Turn right at the crossing towards the “Vorauer Schwaig”.
06:10 Pass by the memorial to the russian war victims, next to the Vorauer Schwaig.
06:50 [Optional]: At the crossing and if the time allows, you can turn left and follow the marked path up to Hallerhaus for a deserved break () in comfortable atmosphere.
07:10 Follow the Studentenkreuzweg towards the mountain station of the chair lift.
07:35 If time allows (or you want descend by foot), enjoy a nice dinner and drink at the Berggasthof Mönichkirchner Schwaig ( ).
08:35 The way downwards: Depending on your choice, take the chair lift, or follow the paved road down to the parking. In summer, you can also consider taking the mountain cart or the offroad scooter to the valley station.

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 650m (2h 20min)
Descent: 650m (2h 50min)
Highest Pt: 1743m
Lowest Pt: 1185m
Duration: 6h 00min (without breaks / chairlift)
7h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Mönichkirchner Schwaig (1230m)
Alpengasthof Enzian (1200m)
Hallerhaus (1350m)
Stoa Alm (1422m)
Wetterkoglerhaus (1743m)
Vorauer Schwaig (1505m)
Flo und Co (1004m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food and enough water
Sun & Weather protection
Camera



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Last tour: 2020-01-25 09:45
Weather: Sunny, clear
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader, Robert
Activity: Suunto

 

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Interesting background information
Mönichkirchen became a popular ski resort in Winter due to its closeness to Vienna but also Hungaria.
The Schischaukel Mönichkirchen / Mariensee offers all kinds of slopes (beginners, advanced, and also a black FIS slope in Mariensee.

In summer the slope to the valley is used as a track for Mountain Carts and Offroad Scooters, bringing fun and excitement for adults and kids.

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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General Tour Data

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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General Tour Data

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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General Tour Data

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 Diary

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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General Tour Data

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 Diary

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 Diary

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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General Tour Data

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)