Ascent of Hoher Sarstein on 2010-09-27
|Others in Party:||Andrew Tibbetts|
|Date:||Monday, September 27, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1975 m / 6480 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportHaving made the (very easy) ascent of Rossbrand earlier in the morning, we chose this summit to round off our weekend trip to central Austria. There is parking at the summit of the Potshenhohe pass (N47 37.321 E13 41.672, 998m). A few meters N (uphill) is a signposted trail. Starting at 10:50 we initially head E on trail 693. After 100m, trail 691 forks R, uphill, through woodland, passing some green pools before emerging at the foot of a steep rocky gully. A zig-zag path leads steeply upwards, with steps cut into the rock and a cable for security (the trail is simple but with some exposure, YDS 2+). Above this steep rocky section the trail crosses to the E side of a stony gully then winds steeply uphill. At this crossing we were fooled by a misleading paint mark and scrambled up the gully itself: nice and rocky but it became a little tricky higher up and we traversed L a short way to re-find the marked trail. Higher up, the gradient eases although the rocky scenery is very impressive with sheer cliffs rising vertically above the trail. The trail reaches easy grassy slopes then zigzags up the final slope, through dwarf pine, with fine views opening up. We reached the cross (N47 36.156 E13 41.944, 1970m) in 1h25 at 12:15. The SW end of the ridge (N47 36.124 E13 41.911) appeared a little higher with the GPSr registering 1972m, close to the expected value of 1975m, with a trig block near the highest point. There were lovely views down into the valley although Hoher Dachstein was partially in cloud, showing tantalising glimpses of its upper glacier. After 25 mins at the summit we enjoyed a fairly fast entertaining 1hr descent, reaching the car at 13:40. It was now time to head to Bratislava for the flight home.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||978 m / 3206 ft|
| Distance:||9.6 km / 6 mi|
| Route:||Trail 691 |
| Trailhead:||Potshenhohe 997 m / 3274 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2+|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 25 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours |
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