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"dreams for July 2010.. climbing the Grossglockner" Hohe Tauern by halikowski

Hohe Tauern Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 154 photos

The last spur

You can appreciate the sharpness of the aretes here, as well as the summer crowds waiting to go down the dangerous snow bridge and up to the peak.

view from the summit of the Grossglockner

A friend went ski-mountaineering up GG a couple of years ago. Here are two of her photos. The first shows the southern approach (GG is on the left). They started at Spottling and stayed one night at the Studlhutte.

The trickiest part is shown here and is the last 100 metres to the summit. As you can see there is quite a drop on both sides and ropes are required on 2 occasions. There are no screws, chains or ladders, just a metal pole on which to attach your rope. Queues build up on this section which can be dangerous so we should make a very early start. It's not clear where there is snow and ice in summer but I think we should expect the whole of this last ridge to be snow and ice -covered

skiing across the Pasterze glacier

Good rope, harness, carabiners, ice axe and crampons needed. Comprehensive rope training also worthwhile.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:highest peak in Austria; demanding, but not as tough as some of the Swiss peaks
  • Cons:are we too old to be risking our lives doing this?
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