Ascent of Einödriegel on 2012-10-16

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1121 m / 3678 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A work trip to Munich provided a half day opportunity for a hike when a planned meeting was cancelled. I picked up a car late at the airport and spent about 6 hours in an airport hotel before setting off for the Bayerischer Wald, the low range of forested hills that form part of the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. The main objective was the high point and only P600 of the range (Grosser Arber) but getting up early I was able to squeeze in another of Germany's top 100 by prominence, the Einödriegel.

I drove the main motorway to Deggenburg, then took a right turn towards Bischofmais. A few km after the village it is not hard to find the parking at the small ski centre at the Geisskopfbahn. The cloud base was unfortunately about 50m above the car park so there was no view but presumably you can see two peaks, the Geisskopf (left), and the Einödriegel (right). From the car park, it was easy to walk up the road between the buildings and to start directly up the first ski piste, parallel to the lift. The terrain is easy angled short grass so I made quick progress. To follow the second lift would take you to the Geisskopf so at the top of the first one, I moved maybe 200m right and continued up the most northerly (right hand) lift. At the top of this is a small wooden hut and to the right of that a path leads quickly south along the ridge to a cross on top of a large boulder marked "Einödriegel 1121m". This is rather deceptive as the real summit is about 100m further into the woods, unmarked but about 5-7m higher. According to the map this summit is 1120.6m so I guess more likely the cross is misplaced rather than the summit is actually 1127m.

I used the good topographic maps of the area that can be viewed and printed at
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:292 m / 955 ft
    Distance:2.4 km / 1.5 mi
    Route:Direct up ski piste
    Trailhead:Geisskopfbahn Car Park  829 m / 2723 ft
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:15 Minutes

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